Indian rhubarb

Darmera peltata

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Indian rhubarb (Darmera peltata)
dar-MARE-ah pel-TAY-tah
Synonyms:  Peltiphyllum peltatum
Genus:  Darmera
Darmera's flower stalks emerge from the ground on naked stems in spring, and are followed by cupped, rounded but indented leaves up to 24 inches across. The foliage forms a lovely, vase-like clump, 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The flower clusters are composed of many 5-petaled, starry, pink or white florets with conspicuous stamens. This native of the western U.S. is found growing along woodland stream banks, and helps to add a tropical look to temperate gardens. Darmera makes a distinct and long-lasting foliage statement in moist conditions, and exhibits autumn color also. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Large leaves and clusters of starry flowers on naked stems.
Care:  Plant in sun or partial shade and moist or boggy soil. It can tolerate drier conditions as well.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall. Divide in spring.
Problems:  Usually trouble-free.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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