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 fleshy brownish black 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.
Resembling the palmate leaves of a Horse Chestnut, the crinkled sheenful foliage of this esteemed species is tinted bronze and heavily veined. The 7 leaflets radiate from the center and shaggy brown hair covers the loosely-branched stalks, which hold captivating pyramidal flowers, ranging in color from porcelain white to muted pink.
Size: 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Crūg Cardinal’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Die Stolze’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Elegans’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Braunlaub’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Smaragd’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Bronze Form’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Rotlaub’
- Rodgersia sambucifolia