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 1974 Ernest Pagels introduction, ‘Smaragd’ translates to emerald, aptly describing the eye-catching lime-green hues that brighten large tropical-looking leaflets. Jagged toothed margins, broad lobed tips and heavy venation further embellish the lush foliage beneath a marvelous summer display of alabaster-colored Astilbe-like flowers. Infused with cozy bronze tones when young, this somewhat smaller-sized cultivar recently earned a 4-star rating in the Chicago Botanical Garden trials for its consistently robust, winsome bearing.
Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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