Rodgersia aesculifolia

finger-leaf rodgersia

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Outstanding Qualities

Rodgersia aesculifolia brings substance and drama to the garden with its bold foliage and flamboyant panicles of creamy white flowers creating an impressive show in early summer. It is a clump forming, rhizomatous perennial with horse-chestnut shaped leaves to 10 inches long. The leaves have densely woolly, red-brown stalks and veins with 5 to 9 obovate, toothed leaflets. Finger-leaf rodgersia forms a clump that is 3 feet wide and 6 feet tall. It is great for naturalizing in wetter areas of the garden such as along streambeds or boggy areas.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: cream, white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Candelabra primulas make excellent companion plants for this Rodgersia, especially when planted in wetter areas of the garden.

Great Color Contrasts: pink, purple, variegated

Great Color Partners: bronze, gold, dark green

Culture Notes
This large perennial grows best in rich moist to wet soil in full sun to dappled shade. It resents drought but will tolerate drier conditions if planted in more shade. Leaves are rarely damaged by slugs or cutworms. The faded flowers can become lovely seed heads, especially with more sun. The seed heads can be cut to the ground once they are unattractive. It will become a rather large clump so make sure to provide it with plenty of space.