Darmera peltata - (Torr.)Voss.
Common Name Umbrella Plant, Indian rhubarb, Indian Rubarb, Indian Rubarb
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By the banks of mountain streams below 1800 metres[187]. By or in cold mountain streams[60].
Range South-western N. America - California to Oregon.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun

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Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.

Darmera peltata Umbrella Plant, Indian rhubarb, Indian Rubarb, Indian Rubarb

Darmera peltata Umbrella Plant, Indian rhubarb, Indian Rubarb, Indian Rubarb
Physical Characteristics
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Darmera peltata is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 10-May It is in flower in April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Peltiphyllum peltatum. (Torr.)Engl. Saxifraga peltata.

 Ground Cover; Pond; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil;  Stem.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Leafstalk - peeled and eaten raw, cooked like asparagus or added to soups and stews[46, 61, 105, 183, 257].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Oil;  Soil stabilization.

Can be grown as a ground cover plant in a sunny position[188]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[208]. Useful as a soil stabilizer for marshy land or muddy banks[200, 233].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Erosion control, Specimen. Succeeds in sun or shade[31] in a wet soil or shallow water[60]. Although quite cold-hardy when dormant, the young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. There is at least one named form. 'Nana' is a dwarf form, growing only 30cm tall and so is more suited for the small garden[200]. It also makes a good ground cover[208]. The plant comes into flower before the leaves appear[188]. Individual leaves are up to 30cm across[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Wetlands plant, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Seed - surface sow as soon as it is ripe or in early spring in a cold frame[188]. Keep the soil very moist. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[31]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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