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.
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’ (P-1065)
A sensational cultivar with prehistoric allure, ‘Superba’ premiers grandiose, heavily pleated pinnate foliage steeped in mahogany hues. New henna-toned stems initially unfurl like a fern, clasping the burnished Chestnut-style leaves that develop an emerald-green cast upon maturity. Perfect for fresh or dried cut arrangements, tall open panicles of clustered star-like bright pink flowers plus deep red stalks rise above the head-turning foliar presentation and captivate us well into fall.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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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 podophylla ‘Braunlaub’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Smaragd’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Bronze Form’
- Rodgersia podophylla ‘Rotlaub’
- Rodgersia sambucifolia