Native to China and Japan, this spectacular genus will grow in ordinary garden soil, but give it rich, moist soil along a pond, stream or marshy area and it will thrive. Rodgersias are fine architectural specimens characterized by bold textured leaves that can spread to a foot across, originating from brownish black, fleshy rhizomes. So be sure to provide plenty of space. The numerous unpetaled flowers, colored by intriguing creamy salmon sepals and stamens, are borne on large panicles, and when in bud look almost like miniature cauliflowers.
A harbinger of daring drama, 'Rotlaub' is prized for its newly emerging red leaves, considered the most vividly colored and longest lasting among the species. Defined by long petioles, shiny pleated surfaces and jagged edges, the big pinnately compound green foliage entertains bronze, henna and burgundy hues, intensifying as fall approaches. Admirable in the woodlands and in cut arrangements, its sturdy branched blooming panicles feature rounded clustered buds and copious small starry porcelain-colored flowers, which impart cozy russet hues as they age and retain their beauty well into October.
Size: 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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