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Rodgersia podophylla

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Rodgersia (Rodgersia podophylla) at Maidstone Tree Farm

Rodgersia

Rodgersia

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

Broadly ovate leaves of green with coppery tinges throughout the summer that become more intense with more light; flowers are creamy white in lacy panicles hovering just over the coarse foliage, providing beautiful contrast

Ornamental Features

Rodgersia features airy plumes of white flowers with creamy white overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large serrated oval palmate leaves emerge khaki (brownish-green) in spring, turning emerald green in colour with showy coppery-bronze variegation. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rodgersia is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Rodgersia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation  Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
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