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Rodgersia

Saxifragaceae
Perennials

Native to China and Japan. Large plants with imposing leaves and clustered tiny flowers in plumes somewhat like those of astilbe; bloom in early to midsummer. Primary feature is handsome foliage, which often takes on bronze tones in late summer. Plants spread by thick rhizomes, need rich soil. The various species hybridize freely. Dormant in winter; provide winter mulch in cold climates. Showy in moist woodland or bog gardens.

Rodgersia aesculifolia
Rodgersia aesculifolia

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Rodgersia aesculifolia

Grows to 6 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Leaves are divided like fingers of a hand into five to seven tooth-edged, 10-in. leaflets; they are similar to those of horsechestnut (Aesculus). Shaggy brown hairs on flower stalks, leaf stems, and major leaf veins. White flowers.

Rodgersia pinnata

Grows to 4 ft. tall and 2 1/2 ft. wide. Leaves have five to nine 8-in. leaflets. Red flowers.

Rodgersia podophylla

Grows to 5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Coppery green leaves are divided into five 10-in.-long leaflets. Creamy flowers.

 

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