Rodgersia


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Rodgersia

 

a genus of perennial herbs of the family Saxifra-gaceae. The stems are 60–200 cm tall. The leaves are palmati-sect, pinnatisect, or partite. Some species have compound leaves. The radical leaves are very large. The inconspicuous flowers, which are in large panicled inflorescences, are white or pinkish. There are five sepals, and the petals are sometimes reduced. There are five to seven species, which are distributed in Southeast Asia, mainly in the mountains of China. All Rod-gersia are ornamental.

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The ITS-1 and ITS-2 sequences of two of the outgroups, Darmera and Rodgersia, were easily aligned in their entirety with those obtained for members of the Heuchera group.
Or mix in a few Rodgersia auscolifolia purdomii and Ligularia przewaleskii.
This will dramatically increase the range of plants that can be grown and it will also tend to improve the wellbeing of plants that can survive in dry areas such as hydrangea, rodgersia, hosta and viburnum opulus.
I also like large-leaved plants: gunnera, rheums, the yellow skunk cabbage, hostas and in particular rodgersia, in its various forms.
The new foliage of Rodgersia pinnata 'Superba' has a puckered, lacquered look.
Rodgersia podophylla is great in a damp shade, its leaves emerging tightly folded and gradually unfurling into deeply pleated lobed leaflets in bronze to red shades, adding drama and beauty to the shade.
However, as I walk round the garden I am seeing significant damage on a wide range of totally hardy plants such as Magnolia, Hydrangeas and Rodgersia.
The golden form of creeping jenny, Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' is an excellent low, ground cover plant for damper areas of the garden and will compliment red and purple forms of Heuchera, ornamental Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) and Rodgersia.