Rodgersia podophylla is part of the Saxifragaceae family of plants. It is native to Japan and Korea. It is also known as Rodger’s Bronze-Leaf, Rodgersia podophylla ‘Rodgers Bronze Leaf’, Rodgresia pinnata ‘Rodger’s Bronze Leaf‘.
Rodgersia podophylla is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial. It is clump-forming. The foliage which starts as bronze later turns into a deep green. The leaves are jaggedly-lobed and palmate. They turn reddish-bronze in autumn.
Rodgersia podophylla flowers in the summer. Usually, it flowers around June and July. It produces panicles of tiny creamy-white flowers. Rodgersia podophylla can grow to 1.5m or 5ft tall.
Plant Rodgersia podophylla in moist and fertile soil. It tolerates moisture-retentive soils. Locate it in the sun or partial shade. Shelter it from cold and dry winds. Place it in partial shade if you expect it to tolerate dry conditions. Propagate Rodgersia podophylla by division. It also spreads by underground rhizomes.
Cut it back after flowers are gone. Rodgersia podophylla is generally disease-free. However, watch out for slugs especially when the leaves are young. Locate Rodgersia podophylla near water features. It is an ideal plant around ponds.
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