Native to China and Japan, this spectacular genus will grow in ordinary garden soil, but give it a rich moist home along a pond, stream or marshy area and it will thrive. Rodgersias are fine structural specimens characterized by brownish black fleshy rhizomes, which remain visible through winter. 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. And, be warned! The textured, dark green leaves can spread to a foot across, so be sure to provide these plants with plenty of space.
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Elegans’ (P-2248)
PREORDER FOR MAY 2023
Originally found in Helen Dillon’s acclaimed Irish garden, this sensational cultivar is considered by many to be the best form of the species. The gleaming corrugated deep green mass hosts young burnished growth plus mature extrabig, compound leaves, sporting finely serrated margins, while valiant branched stems transform into broad pagodas with clustered petal-less rosy-cream flowers. A high-drama addition to bogs, damp shady borders or waterside plantings, mighty ‘Elegans’ can be ensconced amongst Astilbes and Ligularias, where it promises top-notch copper-hued fall foliage.
Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Rodgersia aesculifolia
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Crūg Cardinal’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Die Stolze’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Braunlaub’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Smaragd’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Bronze Form’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Rotlaub’
- Rodgersia sambucifolia