Kingdom: Plantae (plants)
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta (vascular plants)
Superdivision: Spermatophyta (seed plants)
Division: Magnoliophyta (flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida (dicotyledons)
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Polygonales
Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)
Genus: Rheum (rhubarb)
Species: Rheum rhabarbarum
Garden Rhubarb


Good source of Vitamin C and fiber.

Medicinal: Stomachic, laxative, antiphlogistic, and homeostatic. Used for constipation, diarrhea, jaundice, gastro-intestinal hemorrhage, menstrual disorders, conjunctivitis, traumatic injuries, superficial suppurative sores and ulcers. Externally refrigerant.

Other uses: to clean burnt pans, root decoction makes a hair dye to lighten blond or light brown hair, fiber can be used in papermaking, leaf decoction makes an insecticide for leaf eating insects.


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