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Help indentify plant

Observed: 8th April 2012 By: ms6752
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

I saw this plan when out with my children and have no idea what it is, so any help would be great. It looked really different and my daughter would also like to know more about it.

Identifications
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    Rheum palmatum 'Atrosanguineum'
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Comments

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Ornamental rhubarb

It is a large ornamental rhubarb (not the edible kind), and in this garden variety the leaves start off red, then over time the upper surface of the leaf becomes green. The leaves can grow to 1 metre in diameter in good conditions and in early summer it can produce flowering stems that can be as tall as 3 metres with panicles of deep pink flowers. It originates from North East Asia and is used in Chinese herbal medicine, sorry but I don't know what it is used to treat.

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Many Thanks for the

Many Thanks for the information.