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Rodgersia aesculifolia
  • RHS AGM

chestnut-leaved rodgersia

R. aesculifolia is a robust herbaceous perennial approximately 1.2m to 2m high, with strongly veined palmately divided leaves with 5-9 obovate leaflets to 25cm in length. Small creamy-white or pink flowers are borne in open panicles to 60cm in length

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy, Clump forming
Genus

Rodgersia are moisture-loving rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with handsome, often attractively tinted, leaves that may be pinnately or palmately divided, and small star-shaped flowers in large conical panicles in summer, remaining showy in fruit

Name status

Correct

Plant range
N China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in deep, humus-rich, fertile reliably moist soils in full sun or partial shade with shelter from cold drying winds

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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