Rodgersia aesculifolia, Fingerleaf Rodgersia

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Fingerleaf Rodgersia
Family: Saxifragaceae
Origin: China
USDA Zone: 5-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This large, upright shrub can grow up to 10 feet in height and width, depending on the environment it is grown in. It is referred to as fingerleaf Rodgersia because of its attractive, finger-like leaves. The leaves can range in color from a dark green to a dark purple and are often marked with brown or purple blotches. In midsummer, the shrub is covered in a profusion of fragrant, pink or off-white bloom spikes, which grow up to two feet in length. Its blooms are very attractive and are known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

When grown in USDA Zones 9-11, Rodgersia aesculifolia is a perennial plant, able to survive the cold winter temperatures and returning each spring. However, if you are planting it in an areas where temperatures may dip below 30 F, it's wise to provide your Rodgersia with a bit of winter protection.

In these cold areas, the plant can be grown in a large pot and brought into a garage or shed when temperatures drop. Rodgersia is a moisture-loving plant and should be regularly watered to keep the soil moist throughout the growing seasons. When conditions are especially hot or dry, make sure you give it extra water.

To encourage the growth of a healthy Rodgersia, make sure to prune it lightly in the late winter or early spring so that its shape remains compact and dense. It's also a good idea to apply a slow-release fertilizer once a year in the spring. Rodgersia aesculifolia is a striking feature plant for any garden and with proper care, it will thrive for many years.

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Rodgersia aesculifolia, Fingerleaf Rodgersia

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