Darmera peltata syn Saxifraga peltata is commonly called the Indian rhubarb or umbrella plant. With its large attractive foliage this is a plant that will reach 1.2m. A native to California, Oregon and nearby states, it is a plant that prefers a moist growing position.
Over winter this perennial will die right back, as spring comes around the tall stems will emerge and the foliage will unfurl. Each leaf will reach around 60 – 70 cms across on a mature well grown plant. Over time the plant will form a large clump.
For a temperate climate plant it is great for adding a tropical look, as long as you have the damp conditions it requires. It can be grown in a container immersed in a water feature where it will add extra interest from spring through summer. Flowers appear on stems above the foliage white with pink stamens in a large clusters in mid to late spring.
Grown mainly for its foliage and the pretty pink flowers that appears in spring. This is a species that needs a moist soil, it does grow well beside a pond. Try adding some coir peat to the soil before planting to help create a moisture retentive area for this wonderful foliage plant.