No common names other than Rodgersia.
This plant was name for Rear Admiral John Rodgers ( 1812-1882) an American naval officer who commanded a Pacific Ocean expedition during which the first species of this plant (R. podophylla) was discovered.
- Bloom time: Mid summer
- Height: 48” to 60”
- Sun needed: Sun or part shade
- Bloom color: White, pinks
- Planting space: 18” apart
- Soil preferred: Moist, high in organic matter
- Propagation method: Division is easiest, seed is possible
Rodgersia aesculifolia has large leaves shaped rather like the horse chestnut tree and while the leaf color is dark green, there are hints of bronze in them. The flowers are cream white and grow to 3 feet.
Rodgersia henrici is a dramatic specimen plant. The rose flower heads reach 36 to 48” and the foliage is tinged a bronze-purple. This is a striking garden plant for the damp shade.
Rodgersia pinnata is a 36 to 48” tall plant and the flowers tend to more white than pink. The leaves are dark green and are held in a more vertical position than other Rodgersia cousins.
‘Elegans’ is a classic plant – cream-white flowers and very showy, red seed pods make this a good garden performer.
Rodgersia sambucifolia has very open sprays of delicate flowers in mid summer. The foliage is very dramatic and quite coarse and dark green with no bronzing. The leaves resemble an elder more than any other plant earning this the common name of Elder-leafed Rodgersia. There are white and pink flowering forms as well as a red-stemmed variety simply referred to as “large red-stemmed’ in the trade.
This is a plant for the damp, semi-shade garden that is hard to beat.
Its large leaves make its presence felt and if the bronze-leafed forms are chosen, they provide summer-long garden interest.
For best results, enrich the soil with large amounts of compost and keep well mulched. They thrive in soils that have high organic matter levels. If grown in a sandy soil, it is necessary that they be watered regularly.