Rhubarb, Himalayan (Rheum emodi), packet of 10 seeds

$3.95

Family:  Buckwheat (Polygonaceae)
Hardy to Zones 5 to 9
(Syn. Rheum australe)  Native to the Himalayas.  Unexpectedly, after trials of all our rhubarbs, we found this to be the reddest-stemmed in our collection.  When grown in the perfect location will make gigantic leaves measuring up to 3 feet across and flowering to 9 feet.  Source of medicinal rhubarb root sold in local Himalayan markets as a laxative.  The plant is tolerant of clay soils and prefers a full sun position with moist, fertile, poorly drained soil.  Sow in spring.  Prick seedlings into gallon pots and grow for a year, then transplant to garden or landscape.

10 seeds/pkt, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Question

    jim schol

    sorry if this sounds silly, but looking for a culinary rhubarb, preferably for red stems and the higher antioxidant levels, that can handle Tennessee summers. Just moved here from Alaska and were so disappointed to find rhubarb doesn’t do well this far south. But we can offer it lots of clay:) Not real keen on laxative strawberry rhubarb jam though.

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      Admin Richo Cech

      The culinary rhubarbs are listed as garden rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) by us. We have the Victoria and the Glaskins perpetual. Neither of them have particularly intense red coloring, though. The Glaskins has been very good for us in hot Southern Oregon.

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    evermorph21 (verified owner)

    Other then the medicinal properties of Rheum Emodi, are the stems edible as with other Rhubarb?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello there, no, the edible-stemmed rhubarbs are garden rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum, which we do carry also. Emodi, as its name infers (emodin is one of the laxative anthraquinones) loosens the bowels–would be a not-so-funny joke to use it in a pie. r

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