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.
Named for the exceptional cardinal-red tones its aging deep pink plumes transmute in autumn, this sought-after cultivar was selected by the famed owners of Crûg Farm Plants, Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones. Rubescent clustered buds plus individual small starry blooms embellish the staunch flowering stems above large Chestnut-like green leaves, which are toothed, divided and bronze washed. Sculpting an undemanding, prominently-veined mound, ‘Crûg Cardinal’ lends handsome heft and texture to cool moist abodes.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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