Rodgersia podophylla

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Rodgersia podophylla
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Rodgersia
R. podophylla
Binomial name
Rodgersia podophylla
  • Astilbe podophylla Franch.
  • Rodgersia japonica Regel

Rodgersia podophylla is a species of flowering plant in the saxifrage family native to Japan and Korea. Growing to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall and broad, it is a herbaceous perennial with handsome spiky leaves, and occasional creamy-white flower panicles in June and July.[1] It is extensively grown for ornamental use in gardens where it prefers damp shady positions on neutral to acid soils. Though hardy to −20 °C (−4 °F) it enjoys a sheltered location. It is chosen primarily for its clumps of large 5- or 7-toothed palmate leaves, which open bronze, turning green in summer and bronze-red in autumn. It can spread by underground rhizomes, eventually covering a large area.

The compact cultivar ‘Rotlaub’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Rodgersia podophylla". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 88. Retrieved 10 October 2018.