Rhubarb Varieties - What's the Difference?


There are several different rhubarb varieties available to the backyard vegetable gardener. Here is a partial list of rhubarb types, along with plant descriptions:



Victoria Rhubarb Variety

  • Canada Red - this rhubarb plant produces short, slender, red stalks that are fairly tender, good for pies, jams and freezing
  • Cherry Red - this rhubarb variety produces long, thick, red stalks, good for canning, freezing and jams
  • Crimson Red - this plant is found mainly in Oregon and produces long, red stalks, good for pies, canning, freezing
  • German Wine - this variety produces long, green stalks with pink splotches
  • Macdonald - this variety produces large, pink and red stalks, good for canning, pies and freezing


  • Mammoth Red - this rhubarb plant produces very long, thick, red stalks, good for pies, canning, jams and freezing
  • Riverside Giant - this type produces very thick, green stems, good for canning, freezing and jams
  • Strawberry - this rhubarb plant produces long, thick stalks that are pink to red, good for pies, freezing, jams and canning
  • Sunrise - this variety produces thick, pink stalks, good for freezing, jams and canning
  • Valentine - this rhubarb type produces thick, long, red stalks, good for pies, canning, freezing and jams
  • Victoria - this plant produces long, thick, green and red stalks, good for pies, freezing, jams and canning







This is only a partial list. There are other rhubarb plants available. However, they can be difficult to find because some are only grown in certain geographic areas. A simple web search will reveal many different sources that sell rhubarb crowns.

Harvested Rhubarb Stalks

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