Umbrella Plant

Darmera peltata

Indian Rhubarb, Giant Cup

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A close up of some pink white Darmera peltata flowers
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Darmera peltata is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial species also known by the common names umbrella plant, Indian rhubarb and giant cup. It typically grows to around 1.5m tall, producing large, glossy, rounded leaves measuring approximately 45cm across. The foliage displays attractive red autumn colouration. Flowers are arranged densely on spherical flowerheads, they are pale pink in colour and borne on tall stems above the foliage. This species is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage over the winter and regrows new leaves in spring. It grows best in poorly draining soil, so will be well placed near water margins. Can cope with full sunshine or partially shaded conditions.

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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Propagation

Seed

Sow in spring or autumn.

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Large, round leaves up to 45cm across.

Special features

Origin

Western North America.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Saxifragaceae

Flower colour

Pink

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

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