These are handsome plants for both foliage and flower, but need moisture and some shade or shelter from strong winds which can spoil their beauty. The plants are hardy enough, growing from slowly expanding surface rooting crowns to become quite large after a few years, but not difficult to divide. R. pinnata superba is outstanding for its purplish tinged five fingered, which make a canopy 2-2½ feet tall, above which come spikes of deep pink in June-July. There is also a bronzy leaved form, but most Rodgersias have large green leaves and creamy white plumes. Other good species, apart from R. pinnata itself, are R. podophylla and R. aesculifolia, with a flat umbrella leaved species in R. tabular is which is dwarfer. All Rodgersias respond to a mulch in spring.
RODGERSIA pinnata superba