Giant Rhubarb Varieties: Types Of Rhubarbs For The Garden

The Giant River Rhubarb (Rhizanthella gigantea) is one of the most popular varieties of riverine giant rhubarb. They are often called “river giants” because they grow very large, reaching up to 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. They have a reddish-purple stem with white spots and are usually found growing along the banks of streams or in marshes.

Their leaves are green above and purple underneath.

River giants do not produce flowers, but instead use their roots to anchor themselves into the soil when they’re young so that they don’t need to move around much during their lives. When they reach maturity, they begin producing seeds which germinate and grow into new plants. These seedlings are then left alone until the next spring when they will sprout again.

After several years, these seedlings will become mature plants capable of reproducing themselves.

Because of their size and prolific nature, river giants make excellent landscape plants. They provide shade for small trees and shrubs while still being able to survive in full sun conditions. They are extremely slow-growing, so fast-growing plants will not out-compete them or crowd it out of sunlight.

They also have a beautiful purple color that sets them apart from the green landscape.

In conclusion, the river giant is a very popular choice for gardeners who want a rhubarb plant that can thrive in difficult conditions and still thrive. They also make excellent honey plants because of their large size and flowers. When fishing near a river giant, be sure to set your lines in the water near the rhubarb plants because they are also excellent for fly fishing


Giant Rhubarb Varieties: Types Of Rhubarbs For The Garden

The Eries Giant (Rheum x cultorum Eries Giants) is the most popular of all the giant rhubarbs. It is a cross between the Victoria and the Albata types. They are often found in both home gardens and commercial farms because they have large, sweet stalks that can reach up to 4 feet long.

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Their leaves are dark green and their petioles (stalks) are red. Because they are an interspecific hybrid, they are sterile and cannot produce viable seeds, but they can be propagated vegetatively.

Albata Giants are one of the oldest and rarest types of giant rhubarb. They are sterile so they cannot produce fertile seeds, but they are extremely easy to grow and can be propagated both sexually and a-sexuallly. They have green leaves with red petioles and white stalk bases.

They grow up to 6 feet tall and produce large, sweet stalks up to 4 feet long.

Caucasian Giants are one of the smallest types of giant rhubarb and are native to the mountains of Asia Minor. Because they are so small, they are incredibly rare and hard to find. They can be identified by their red petioles and green leaves with pale green stalks.

They rarely grow taller than 3 feet and have small, sweet stalks that are only about 16 inches long.

Victoria Giants are one of the oldest and most popular types of giant rhubarb. They are sterile so they cannot produce fertile seeds, but like Albata Giants, they are extremely easy to grow and can be propagated both sexually and a-sexuallly. They have dark green leaves with dark red petioles and stalks.

Their stalks can reach up to 4 feet long and they have small, inedible flowers at the tops of their stalks.

Rhubarb Recipes

Rheum rhabarbarum is the Latin name for rhubarb. It is a vegetable and even though it is extremely tart, it is used in a wide variety of delicious recipes. It is commonly used in drinks, desserts, snacks, and even main dishes.

Even though it stains clothing easily, this plant’s popularity continues to rise because of its unique taste.

Serving Suggestions For Rhubarb:

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-Make a delicious fruit salad by combining rhubarb, strawberries, apples, and oranges.

-Use rhubarb in a tasty green smoothie to help you meet your 5-a-day requirement.

-Combine it with strawberries to make a tangy jam.

-Make a rhubarb crumble by combining rhubarb, oats, brown sugar, and butter. Place the ingredients into a baking pan and heat in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

There are many other ways to use this vegetable, the options are nearly endless. You can even make alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and evenhard cider.

Interesting Facts About Rhubarb:

-The petioles (stalks) of the rhubarb plant contain huge amounts of oxalic acid which is toxic. However, the leaves do not contain any oxalic acid.

-The anthraquinones in the leaves cause a laxative effect.

-Both Native Americans and Chinese began using this plant as a medicine centuries ago.

-It was used as a emetic (something that causes one to vomit) in small doses and as a purgative (substance that cleanses the body and causes one to have diarrhea) in larger doses.

-The Aztecs used to combine it with chocolate drinks.

This is a plant that can be found worldwide, but its use has declined over the years. It is important to note that this plant is not related at all to the wild rhubarb, which is poisonous. The wild rhubarb is related to the poison hemlock and it is only found in Asia Minor.

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Duskspike is a purple flowering plant that grows at the base of the Mountains of Norg region in particularly dark areas. It grows very quickly and its flowers have five petals, give off a faint fragrance, and grow in clusters of five. It can also be seen in smaller quantities on the Island of Kishk and parts of the Valhingen Wilds.

It gets its name from the small, irritating hairs found on both its leaves and flowers that cause a stinging sensation when touched.


Internal: None.

Inhalation: None.

Skin: Skin contact with the hairs on this plant will cause irritation and stinging pain.

Eyes: None.

Ingestion: If ingested, mild stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur. The hairs may be inadvertently ingested when eating the leaves and flowers because they are difficult to see. Eating larger quantities can cause visual disturbances, paralysis, and eventually death due to respiratory failure.

Effects Of Sting:

Muscle Weakness: 30 Minutes after exposure, a mild weakness will occur in the arms and legs.

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Paralysis: 1-2 Hours after exposure, paralysis will occur in the arms and legs.

Respiratory Failure/Cardiac Arrest: Starts within 7 hours of exposure. The victim’s lungs and heart cease functioning properly causing death.

Treatment For Exposure:

If contact with the hairs is made, immediate washing of the area is necessary. Soap and water can help remove any remaining hairs that have lodged in the skin.

The poison’s effect on the heart and lungs can only be counteracted by an elixir.


This rare plant is one of many species of flora that can only be found in the farthest reaches of Noreh’s mountains. It is a close relative of the belladonna and, like its cousin, it contains atropine and scopolamine. These substances can act as pre-anesthetics, which allow patients to tolerate operations without feeling pain.

There are other uses for this plant however, but these purposes have made it a popular home remedy and a tool for darker purposes.

Sources & references used in this article:

Rhubarb: The wondrous drug by CM Foust – 2014 – books.google.com

… acclimatization and concentration of active constituents and calorific value of two medicinal plant species Rheum emodi and R. nobile (Rhubarb) in Sikkim Himalaya by P Prasad, MC Purohit – Current science, 2001 – JSTOR

Effect of a variety of polyphenols compounds and antioxidant properties of rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) by S Kalisz, J Oszmiański, J Kolniak-Ostek, A Grobelna… – LWT, 2020 – Elsevier

Chilean rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria): biology, ecology and conservation impacts in New Zealand by PA Williams, CC Ogle, SM Timmins… – Department of …, 2005 – academia.edu

Culinary rhubarb production in North America: history and recent statistics by CM Foust, DE Marshall – HortScience, 1991 – journals.ashs.org



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