Rodgersia aesculifolia

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Description: A superb foliage plant with large rich green palmate leaves which are deeply veined and very distinctive looking very similar to Horse Chestnut leaves.  The textured foliage offer a background to the stems holding a mass of fluffy creamy white and soft pink fluffy flowers in early summer. An excellent clump forming herbaceous plant for good foliage effect.

Uses: Looks particularly good by the side of water whether stream or pond.

Climate/Position: Full Sun - or partial shade - shelter from cold winds.

Height/Spread: A larger form with flowers and foliage up to 1.8 metres tall x 1.5 metres spread.

Soil Requirements: Fertile moist soil which should be humus rich,  will tolerate a drier spot if shady.

Pruning: Cut back flower stems after flowering and tidy plants in late autumn by cutting back the dead foliage.

Special Requirements: To ensure soil around Rodgersia remains moist then applying a mulch which will help retain moisture.

Additional Interest: The species name aesculifolia refers to the likeness of the Horse Chestnu tree Aesculus