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Fingerleaf Rodgersia

Rodgersia henrici

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Fingerleaf Rodgersia (Rodgersia henrici) at Connon Nurseries

Fingerleaf Rodgersia foliage

Fingerleaf Rodgersia foliage

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Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

This attractive shade-loving groundcover is grown both for its large palm-like leaves that emerge a deep chocolate color, as well as the plumes of airy white flowers that tower above; must have evenly moist soil

Ornamental Features

Fingerleaf Rodgersia features bold plumes of lightly-scented rose flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive large textured oval palmate leaves emerge dark brown in spring, turning dark green in colour throughout the season. The red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Fingerleaf Rodgersia is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fingerleaf Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Fingerleaf Rodgersia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation  Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features