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.
Named for its immense Elderberry-like foliage, this dramatic clump-forming perennial mosies throughout southwestern China’s moist meadows and woodlands. Substantial rhizomes nurture a grandiose foliar fete of pinnately-compound dark greenery, featuring 3 to 11 sharp-toothed and ribbed, 6 to 8 in. long lanceolate leaflets. Branched, close-knit Astilbe-style plumes dressed in creamy white and pale rose-colored flowers are the summertime icing on the cake!
Blooms Junemid August
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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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 ‘Elegans’
- Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Braunlaub’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Smaragd’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Bronze Form’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Rotlaub’