Rodgersia podophylla


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Rodgersias are striking plants for a damp border in light shade. Most large, summer-flowering plants for a damp soil need full sun. This plant is a clump-forming perennial with large, palmate leaves that have a distinctive bronze colouring when young. In mid-summer, plumes of star-shaped, creamy-green flowers are held above the foliage. The plants are useful for growing towards the back of a moist border or behind a pond, where they are partly shaded by other tall plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Saxifragaceae

Genus: Rodgersia

Species: podophylla

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: July to August

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