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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 4 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Rodgersia tabularis, Shieldleaf Rodgersia
Dramatic large dinner plate-sized foliage has ruffled edges and prominent veins; subtle astilbe-like spikes of flowers; coarse leaves complements finer foliaged plants in the landscape; happiest in mostly shade with lots of moisture
Astilboides's attractive enormous lobed leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season. It features airy spikes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Astilboides is an open herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Astilboides is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Bog Gardens
Planting & Growing
Astilboides will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.
At Shelmerdine, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT" meaning that it is not recognized as winter-hardy in our Zone 3 climate. However, there is a possibility that it could survive winter. Regardless of whether it survives a winter or not, this plant is only warrantied until Nov. 1 of its season of purchase.