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Indian rhubarb

Darmera peltata

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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 CharacteristicsLarge leaves and clusters of starry flowers on naked stems.

CarePlant in sun or partial shade and moist or boggy soil. It can tolerate drier conditions as well.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall. Divide in spring.

ProblemsUsually trouble-free.

  • Genus : Darmera
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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