This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We think of the rhubarb as a coarse plant and not much adapted to ornamentation, but some of the species are remarkably attractive, and such we presume will be a new one under this name introduced by Messrs. Haage & Schmidt, of Erfurt, who give us the following account of it: "A new and very fine ornamental-leaved Rhubarb belonging to the same class as R. officinale and quite as vigorous in growth, but having more deeply cut leaves; the flowers are of a reddish-rose color, those of R. officinale being whitish, and appear some weeks sooner than the latter; a really fine and grand: specimen plant".
Season, for the first time, this new plant. It was thought by some, from the description, to be too near the well-known Pyrus Japonica, so well known in gardens. But the flower is rather orange than red, and the plant is certainly a very valuable addition to our list of hardy shrubs.