Delicious Plants With Red Stems

As part of my section on COLOR!, here are plants with red stems that you can either add to your entirely red garden ... or to add a colorful splash of red to your edible landscaping.

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Rhubarb, Victoria

How could you possibly have a page on red-stemmed edible plants without rhubarb? This plant can get huge, with quite showy dark green leaves, and has attractive flowers as well.

Note: only the stems are edible -- the leaves are poisonous.



'Ruby' Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) has stems that are red and can either have red or green leaves -- sometimes both on the same plant!

There are many red-stemmed chard varieties -- read about them here.



Almost all beets (Beta vulgaris) have stems that are red (a few varieties have green stems) ... here are a couple of popular beets:


"Detroit Dark Red" Beet
Beet, Cylindra
"Cylindra" Beet


The manzanita bush has not only red branches and stems but has gorgeous glossy leaves, beautiful flowers, and edible berries, which can be used in jams and jellies.



The "Red Rib" variety of the Italian Dandelion (Cichorium intybus) has deep reddish stems. The entire plant is edible.



There's a variety of red Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) with beautiful red pods and stems.



Many varieties of Thyme have red stems as well.



I'm on the lookout for more red-stemmed plants you can eat!

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