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Chestnut Rodgersia

Rodgersia aesculifolia

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Chestnut Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia) at America's Best Flowers

Chestnut Rodgersia flowers

Chestnut Rodgersia flowers

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Chestnut Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia) at America's Best Flowers

Chestnut Rodgersia

Chestnut Rodgersia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Chestnut Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia) at America's Best Flowers

Chestnut Rodgersia

Chestnut Rodgersia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

Resembling leaves of a horse-chestnut, this Chinese native requires a large area to grow and display its huge plumes of creamy-white flowers that tower above the large leaves; even one is an ideal specimen in the garden

Ornamental Features

Chestnut Rodgersia features bold plumes of lightly-scented creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large serrated oval palmate leaves emerge brown in spring, turning light green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Chestnut 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.

Chestnut Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Chestnut Rodgersia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

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
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features
 

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