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Every bit of rhubarb I’ve seen this year is flowering – apart from the bits that are way behind!
It would appear the lack of cold weather is probably to blame.
What to do with rhubarb flowers?
Cut them off. Remove the flower spike unless you want to try your hand at getting seed. However the plant will put lots of energy into that and not produce very much rhubarb at all.
This excellent site about the history of Rhubarb says that cold is one of the requirements for the plant. It would make sense that after such a mild winter the plant is feeling stressed.
If you have a strange thick spike appearing from your rhubarb crown it’s probably a flower spike waiting to happen.