Rhubarb

Common Name: Rhubarb

Scientific Name: Rheum undulatum, Rheum rhaponticum, Rheum rhababarum, Rheum officinale

Primary Source References[1]

1809 April 13. "planted 32. seeds of the Mimosa Julibritzin...in square II. beginning with the S.W. row sowed 1. row of rheum undulatum, esculent rhubarb. the leaves excellent as Spinach"[2]

1811. (Garden Book) "Rhubarb esculent" is listed in the items that were planted in 1811.[3]

1825 December 21. (Robley Dunglison to Jefferson). "...six grains of Rhubarb [with] fifteen of Magnesia..."[4]

Footnotes

  1. Please note that this list should not be considered comprehensive.
  2. Betts, Garden Book, 385. On p. 396, the note for this reference also says that rheum undulatum is "Probably the same as Rheum rhaponticum L." Manuscript and transcription at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  3. Ibid, 443. Manuscript and transcription at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  4. John Dorsey, ed., The Jefferson-Dunglison Letters (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1960), 48.

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