Rhubarb

Scientific Name: 
Rheum rhabarbarum
Family Name: 
Polygonaceae
Place of Origin: 
Asia
Plant Description: 
An herbaceous perennial plant grown from short thick rhizomes. They have large leaves and small flowers. The leaves are toxic however parts of the plants have culinary and medicinal uses.
Plant Height: 
50cm
Plant Use: 
Edible
Dye
Danger
Harvest Period: 
1 year from planting
Of Interest: 
Oh my gosh...rhubarb and apple crumble!?! Yum! But rhubarb leaves - no thanks, raw or cooked they're toxic thanks to oxalates. The roots of Rhubarb are also able to be used for dying when you want to achieve a rich, brown colour. The roots also have a traditional use as a laxative....us...we'd prefer it in a yummy pie!
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Vegetable
Climate: 
Cool
Temperate
Cool Temperate

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