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 must-have foliage plant selected at Washington’s Bellevue Botanic Garden, this topnotch cultivar brandishes red-tinged chocolate-colored new growth. Open ivory-hued panicles rise high above the striking textural clump, composed of prominently veined compound leaves that are divided into 5 to 9 large leaflets with sharply serrated edges. The stylish richly tinted foliage turns dark green in midsummer, enhanced by occasional ruddy shades and come autumn, transmutes brilliant copper and maroon hues, offsetting fine-hewn plants like Carex ‘Oehme’ and Thalictrum ‘Elin’.
Size: 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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