10 Plants That Look Like Rhubarb

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These plants vary widely in terms of their culinary, ornamental, and medicinal uses. Some have been traditionally employed for their potential health benefits, while others are primarily valued for their appearance or as food sources. It’s important to note that the medicinal properties of these plants should be approached with caution and under the guidance of a qualified herbalist or healthcare professional due to potential side effects and interactions.

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)

 Beetroot, also known as red beet, table beet, garden beet, or just beet, is a root vegetable. It is packed with essential nutrients and is a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance. Many of these benefits are due to their high content of inorganic nitrates. Beetroots are delicious raw but more frequently cooked or pickled. Their leaves — known as beet greens — can also be eaten.

Beetroot

Arctium Minus

 Arctium Minus, commonly known as lesser burdock, little burdock, louse-bur, common burdock, button-bur, cuckoo-button, or wild rhubarb, is a biennial plant. This plant is native to Europe but has become introduced elsewhere such as Australia, North and South America, and other places. Lesser burdock produces purple flowers in its second year of growth. 

The plant can grow up to 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in) tall and form multiple branches. It is large and bushy. Flowers are prickly and pink to lavender in color3. The plant flowers from July through October. It grows an extremely deep taproot, up to 30 cm (12 in) into the ground.

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Arctium Minus

Burdock Weed (Arctium Spp.)

Burdock is best recognized as a stout, common weed with annoying burrs that stick to animal fur and clothing. This plant grows relatively tall therefore having deep roots which are brownish green, or nearly black on the outside. The basal rosette of leaves stays close to the ground the first year and the beginning of the second. 

Burdock has purple flowers on the tips of the prickly ball of bracts that blooms between June and October. Large, wavy, heart-shaped leaves that are green on the top and whitish on the bottom make identification easy. Leaves can grow to 50 centimetres in size. This plant grows to a height of about 1 – 2 metres tall. Burdock thrives along river banks, disturbed habitats, roadsides, vacant lots, and fields1.

Burdock Weed

Indian Rhubarb (Rheum australe)

 Indian Rhubarb is a plant. It is perennial. It grows in tropical, subtropical climates. It grows up to 2 M. Best used for Constipation, Arthritis. Rheum australe, synonym Rheum emodi, is a flowering plant in the family Polygonaceae. 

It is commonly known as Himalayan rhubarb, Indian rhubarb, and Red-veined pie plant. It is a medicinal herb used in the Indian Unani system of medicine, and formerly in the European system of medicine where it was traded as Indian rhubarb.

Indian Rhubarb

Monk’s Rhubarb (Rumex patientia)

Monk’s Rhubarb, also known as patience dock, garden patience, herb patience, or Rumex patientia, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant belonging to the family Polygonaceae. In spring it is often consumed as a leaf vegetable and as a filling in pies in Southern Europe, especially in Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, but do contain oxalic acid, so should not be eaten in excess (e.g. every day). The leaves can be used raw in salads, cooked in soups and stews, or layered in baked dishes like lasagna.

Monk’s Rhubarb

Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa)

 Greater Burdock, also known as gobō, edible burdock, lappa, beggar’s buttons, thorny burr, or happy major is a Eurasian species of plants in the family Asteraceae. It is cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. It has become an invasive weed of high-nitrogen soils in North America, Australia, and other regions. 

Greater burdock is a biennial plant that can grow up to 3 metres (10 feet) tall. It has large, alternating, wavy-edged cordiform leaves that have a long petiole and are pubescent on the underside. The flowers are purple and grouped in globular capitula, united in clusters. They appear in mid-summer, from July to September.

Greater Burdock

Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris)

 Swiss Chard, also known as chard, is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Chenopodioideae family, which also includes beets and spinach. It is grown worldwide and is prized for its ability to grow in poor soils and its low need for water and light. Although its name may lead you to believe it originated in Switzerland, Swiss chard is actually native to the Mediterranean. 

There are many types of Swiss chard, some of which have colorful, jewel-toned stalks and veins that make this vegetable particularly pleasing to the eye. Its leaves and stalks provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and powerful plant compounds. Just 1 cup (175 grams) of cooked Swiss chard contains a hearty dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium.

Swiss Chard

Canaigre Dock (Rumex hymenosepalus)

Canaigre Dock, also known as canaigre, ganagra, wild rhubarb, Arizona dock, and tanner’s dock, is a perennial flowering plant native to the North American deserts in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. 

It has been cultivated for its roots which are a good source of tannin used in leather tanning. It also yields a warm, medium brown dye. The leaves and leaf stalks are considered edible when young. The older leaf stalks can be cooked and eaten like rhubarb.

Canaigre Dock

Brazilian Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera manicata)

Brazilian Giant Rhubarb, also known as Gunnera manicata, is a species of flowering plant in the family Gunneraceae from the coastal Serra do Mar Mountains of Santa Catarina, Parana and Rio Grande do Sul States, Brazil. It is a large, clump-forming herbaceous perennial growing to 2.5 m (8 ft) tall by 4 m (13 ft) or more. The leaves of G. manicata grow to an impressive size. 

Leaves with diameters well in excess of 120 cm (4 ft) are commonplace, with a spread of 3 m × 3 m (10 ft × 10 ft) on a mature plant. The underside of the leaf and the whole stalk have spikes on them. In early summer it bears tiny red-green, dimerous flowers in conical branched panicles, followed by small, spherical fruit.

Brazilian Giant Rhubarb

Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)

Japanese Knotweed, also known as Reynoutria japonica, Fallopia japonica and Polygonum cuspidatum, is a species of herbaceous perennial plant in the knotweed and buckwheat family Polygonaceae. Common names include Japanese knotweed and Asian knotweed. It is native to East Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North America and Europe, the species has successfully established itself in numerous habitats, and is classified as a pest and invasive species in several countries. 

Japanese knotweed has hollow stems with distinct raised nodes that give it the appearance of bamboo, though it is not related. While stems may reach a maximum height of 3–4 m (10–13 ft) each growing season, it is typical to see much smaller plants in places where they sprout through cracks in the pavement or are repeatedly cut down.

Japanese Knotweed

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