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Darmera peltata, commonly known as Indian rhubarb or umbrella plant, is a large, herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the saxifrage family. It is native to western North America, specifically to the Pacific Northwest region, where it grows in moist woodlands, along stream banks, and in boggy areas.
The plant grows up to 3-6 feet tall and 2-5 feet wide, forming large, clumping rosettes of glossy, dark green, rounded leaves that can be up to 18 inches in diameter. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, the plant produces tall, sturdy stalks topped with clusters of small, pink flowers. The flowers are followed by large, showy clusters of reddish-brown seeds in the fall.
Darmera peltata is an excellent plant for water gardens, as it prefers moist to wet soil and can even tolerate standing water for short periods. It is also a good choice for woodland gardens or shady borders, where its large leaves provide a dramatic backdrop for smaller plants. The plant is low-maintenance and easy to grow, tolerating a range of soil types and light conditions, although it prefers partial shade to full shade. It is also deer-resistant and attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Bloom Time April-May