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.
A stronghold 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 lanky 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 spires feature rounded clustered buds and copious, small starry porcelain-colored flowers, which impart warm 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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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 sambucifolia