Rodgersia podophylla

mayapple rodgersia

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Big and bold foliage top the list for this striking deciduous perennial. In early spring leaves can emerge deep bronzy red to bright green quickly reaching a height of about three feet tall. As the foliage opens it can reach over 18 inches across. In early summer plume-like flower spikes rise above the leaves opening white to pale pink and often darken to rose. At the end of the season the large leaves take on shades of soft burgundies and reds until it collapses into dormancy. Preferring rich moist soil, it is a natural to mix with ferns and primrose. It is also a great container plant with adequate water.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: pink

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

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

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.