Basic information about Rodgersia. Includes Origin, Growing & Cultivation, Common Pests & Diseases, Interesting Facts & Uses, and Garden Design Tips.
The botanical name, Rodgersia, was given in honor of Admiral John Rodgers, the captain of the exploratory expedition to Japan where the genus was first discovered.
The common name (that is not commonly used!) is Roger’s Flower.
The 5 species in the Rodgersia genus are native to Asia.
Growing and Cultivation
Rodgersia prefers partial shade and fertile, damp soils. This is one plant that likes wet, boggy feet! Neutral soils are best, and trimming/pruning after blooms fade keeps the plant neat.
Common Pests and Diseases
This plant has no common pests or diseases, though slugs occasionally may show up to snack on the leaves. There are traps or insecticides to deter or treat them.
Rodgersia is both deer and rabbit resistant – the rough texture makes them unpleasant to eat.
Interesting Facts and Uses
One of the species of this plant, R. aesculifolia, is used in Chinese traditional herbal medicine.
The flowers attract butterflies and bees, making this a good addition to a pollinator-friendly garden.
Varieties of this plant are popular in the UK and are just becoming recognized in the US as well for its beautiful display as well as utility; with virtually no pests, diseases, and it’s ability to tolerate boggy soil, Rodgersia is very useful in certain areas.
Though there are only 5 species within the genus, the foliage shape varies widely within the Rodgersia genus. It’s often hard to identify definitively down to species and variety, since they will often ‘mimic’ or ‘echo’ each others’ shapes.
Garden Design Tips
Rodgersia’s rough and coarse texture and some varieties’ bronzy foliage color complement many common shade perennials, especially finer-textured foliage like Astilbe. They are very happy to frame a pond or water feature. With it’s divided leaf structure, it also looks good next to big hosta leaves.
To purchase Rodgersia varieties, please visit our Shade Companion Plants Page.