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Mike's Blog - Day 42

This is a bit of a weird plant, Darmera peltata (syn Peltiphylum peltatum), “Indian Rhubarb” (but not edible or from India, it’s from the W N America) or Umbrella plant.

The latter name is appropriate as by summer the peltate leaves do resemble small umbrella’s. “Peltate” is a botanical description for a rounded leaf with the stalk attached in the middle underneath… When it rains heavily we say “pelting it down”? Slang or is there a link here?

It’s the flowers that are odd, they come before the leaves and its quite clear they are on the Saxifrage family (see the Alpine garden pic day 5), but these are held on peculiar tall stalks.

Likes a damp pond edge and if you don’t have space for Gunnera but want big leaves this is a good choice.