The exotic-looking foliage of the rodgersia gives gardens a pre-historic feeling with its large green leaves while also adding incredible architecture with its height.
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’ (rodgersia ‘Superba) emerges in spring with beautiful bronze-colored leaves that mature to a rich green by summer. The foot and a half wide palm-like divided leaves provide excellent contrast with its thinner-leaved neighbors in the dark plate. This clump-forming perennial sends up red stems with panicles of bright pink flowers similar to a large astilbe in early to mid-summer. The airy flower heads remain standing as an interesting architectural statement long after the flowers fade.
|Botanical Name||Rodgersia pinnata ‘Superba’|
|Common Name||rodgersia ‘Superba’|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 9|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring, summer, fall|
|Height and Spread||3-4ft x 3-3.5ft (90-120cm x 90-105cm)|
|Flower Color||Pink, White|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators,|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Unique Leaf Texture. Native Range: China|
|Location in Lurie Garden||East Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate|