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Darmera peltata (Indian rhubarb, Umbrella plant)

Darmera peltata Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Darmera peltata dar-MARE-ah pel-TAY-tah Common Name: Indian rhubarb, Umbrella plant 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.
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
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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