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Also called Chestnut-leaved Rodgersia, this forms an exotic-looking clump of bold green foliage, supporting an airy plume of creamy-white flowers in mid-summer. These prefer a moist, dappled shade setting, but will grow in full sun at the waterside. Useful as a bold, architectural specimen plant. Flowers are good for cutting or drying. Clumps seldom need dividing, but this may be done in early spring. Divisions take a few years to settle back in.
Rodgersia aesculifolia. This species has lobed leaves which are about 25cm wide with a bronze-tint, borne on hairy stalks, which forms a clump about 60cm high and wide. The flowers will bloom in large, cone-shaped clusters of small, star-shaped flowers which are cream or pale pink.
They prefer moist soil at the edge of a pond or in a bog garden with sun or partial-shade. They grow well in a site sheltered from strong winds.
Suitable for pond sides.