How to Grow Rodgersia Plants

Guide to Growing Rodgersflower and Feathered Bronze Leaf

Rodgersia are hardy perennials that range from 90 cm to 1.5 m (3 to 5 feet) in height.

Rodgersia plants have large compound leaves. They carry blooms of clustered small pink and white flowers atop long stalks.

Rodgers Bronze leaf picture

Rodgersia podophylla
Rodgersia podophylla by peganum.

Common names for Rodgersia include Rodgersflower, Rodgers' bronze leaf, and Feathered Bronze Leaf, though it is usually referred by its genus name.

Commonly Grown Rodgersia Species

Rodgersia pinnata

Rodgersia pinnata
Rodgersia pinnata (Featherleaf Rodgersia), photograph by Wendy Cutler; CC.

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Rodgersia aesculifolia
Rodgersia aesculifolia (Chestnut-leaved Rodgersia), picture by Babij; CC.

Rodgersia Growing and Care Guide

  • Common Names: Rodgersia (Fingerleaf; Chestnut-leaved), Rodgersflower.
  • Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
  • Height: 36 to 60 inches (90—150 cm).
  • Native: Eastern Asia.
  • Growing Region: Zones 5 to 8.

  • Flowers: Late spring to summer.
  • Flower Details: Pink, creamy, white, red. Small. Curled clusters. Astilbe-like panicles.
  • Foliage: Herbaceous. Compound. Pinnate. Palmate. Veined. Turns red/bronze towards the end of summer.

  • Grow Outside:
    Seeds: Surface. Autumn. Germination time: two weeks to two months. Temperature: 60°F (15°C). Use peat pots. Next sink the pots into the ground in an area that offers shade, preferably close to a wall that faces north. Provide a glass/plastic covering.
    Keep an eye on the flats to ensure that the soil remains moist, and to check if seedlings have emerged.
    Transfer to their final location with a spacing of 24 to 36 inches (60—90 cm) in spring or autumn, once they reach two-years old.
    Rhizome: Cover. Autumn.

  • Requirements and care: Full sunlight or partial shade. Very moist or wet soil. Regular watering to maintain a very moist/boggy soil. Spring mulch. Propagate: by dividing in the spring.
  • Family: Saxifragaceae
  • Closely Related Species: Astilbe plants, Berginia, Cascadia, and Heuchera.
  • Bergenia.
  • Miscellaneous: Great to use in boggy areas or along streams and ponds. The genus was named after the American explorer John Rodgers.

How to Grow Rodgersflower and other Rodgersia

Rodgersflower and other Rodgersia can either be grown from rhizomes or seeds.

The rhizomes should be buried barely below the soil surface.

Ideally they should grow in a sunny part of the garden (except in very hot climates; partial shade is recommended) that has a rich and very moist or wet soil.

It is not that easy to grow Rodgersia plants from seeds. The seeds should be sown on the surface in peat pots that are buried into a shaded area of the garden. The peat pots should then be covered in glass.

Germination should take place at about 15 degrees centigrade (59°F) and will take from two weeks to two months.

At all times the peat pots should be kept moist. As soon as the seeds germinate remove the glass. Transfer the Rodgersia plants to their final location after they have grown for about two years, in the autumn.

Caring for Rodgersflower in the garden

Rodgersia are not easy to care for. It is essential to keep the soil that plants grow in very moist, so water with regularly with abundance.

Also the soil should be cool, so apply a mulch in the spring time. You should also give them a feed in the spring.

If you require more Rodgersia plants, then propagate them by division in the spring.

Common Questions

How many members does the Rodgersia genus contain?

Currently, the Rodgersia genus has six species.

Do Rodgersia members make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Rodgersia are excellent in the garden for their striking, large leaves and attractive, feathery flower plumes. They are often used in waterside plantings or woodland gardens.

Which Rodgersia species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Commonly grown species include Rodgersia podophylla and Rodgersia pinnata, both appreciated for their bronze-tinted, textured leaves and fluffy flower panicles.

Are Rodgersia plants fragrant?

Rodgersia plants are not particularly known for fragrance, but they are greatly admired for their visual appeal.

What is the perfect location to grow Rodgersia?

Rodgersia plants prefer a location in partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. They are particularly well-suited to waterside or damp garden areas.

Is Rodgersia invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Rodgersia species are not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Rodgersia plants from my garden?

To remove Rodgersia, dig up the entire plant, ensuring to remove all roots. They can spread by rhizomes, so it's important to remove all underground parts.


The Rodgersia genus contains perennial plants that are native to East Asia. Noted for their bold foliage and plume-like flower clusters, they add a unique texture and depth to any garden.

They prefer partial to full shade and moist, fertile, and well-drained soil. They are perfect for planting near water features or in woodland gardens. To get the most out of their beautiful foliage, they should be planted in spring or early fall.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Rodgersia. You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to grow Berginia, Astilbe, Saxifrage, and Heuchera plants.