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Elegans Rodgersia - New For 2019!

Rodgersia pinnata 'Elegans'

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Elegans Rodgersia (Rodgersia pinnata 'Elegans') at Longfellow's Greenhouses

Elegans Rodgersia flowers

Elegans Rodgersia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Elegans Rodgersia (Rodgersia pinnata 'Elegans') at Longfellow's Greenhouses

Elegans Rodgersia

Elegans Rodgersia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Featherleaf Rodgersia

Description:

A very architectural plant with exotic-looking leaves and large plumes of light pink flowers that dance over the forest green leaves; keep soil evenly moist, ideal for shady woodland gardens

Ornamental Features

Elegans Rodgersia features bold plumes of shell pink flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive large serrated oval palmate leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning forest green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Elegans 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.

Elegans Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Elegans Rodgersia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.

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