Rodgersia Species, Fingerleaf Rodgersia, Rodgers Flower

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rodgersia (rod-JER-see-a) (Info)
Species: aesculifolia (es-kew-li-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Rodgersia platyphylla



Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

East Haddam, Connecticut

Winnetka, Illinois

Waterloo, Iowa

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Stanwood, Michigan

Piedmont, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Holmes, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Sidney, Ohio

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Moscow, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Quilcene, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 8, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The summer flowers are showy, but this species is usually grown for the big, bold foliage. Foliage is usually bronze-tinted in spring when it's emerging, but it turns medium green in summer.

Requires consistently moist soils, and tolerates wet soils as on a stream bank. Drying out leads to brown leaf margins.

Propagate by division or seed.

Does not tolerate the hot summers and warm summer nights over 70F that typify the climate of the southeastern US south of Z7.


On Jul 8, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

My biggest customer in southeast Pennsylvania has had one planted in her yard for over a decade. It is in a site sheltered from strong winds, in part-shade, and the slightly acid soil is moist. This Chinese perennial is usually only available from specialty nurseries of uncommon or rare plants. It is pretty with its coarse texuted, horsechestnut-like foliage and white fuzzy astilbe-like flower clusters in late spring.


On Jul 14, 2009, soldiersong from North Plains, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have no memory of where I bought this, but it is in my shade garden and is magnificent. It came up this spring and, although I had a marker there it was not legible. It grew and grew all spring and about two weeks ago these beautiful pink sprays of flowers, appearing much like a drooping Astible, bloomed on the top of the two 5; tall leafy spikes. It is quite a shade brightener.


On Jun 5, 2007, PhilsFlowers from Ocean Park, Surrey, BC (Zone 6b) wrote:

We went to the VanDusen Gardens Plant Sale where, as usual, I had so many plants we had to pay for what we had, put them in the car and come back for more. By the time I got to the table with the Rodgersia they had this poor wee thing which was nothing more than what looked like a seed with a folded leaf at the top. Only its roots were in the ground. Reggi didn't want me to buy it, the plant was expensive, but what I could see of it looked healthy so I did.

Because I could not take the time to mark the location of this plant in any other way, at that time, Reggi stuck the plant tag, still in the dirt, in the ground with the plant.

I didn't know it's name because I hadn't taken out the tag. I did that yesterday only to find that the tag must have been broke... read more


On May 27, 2005, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

After spending $10 on this plant, growing it for 5 years in a moist, shady bed of rich soil, and never seeing a bloom, I moved it. It is now in a sunny spot by a stream, in average to poor soil and is thriving. I have had no insect damage (usually the caterpillars eat a lot of unsightly holes in the leaves) and I see a bloom stalk appearing for the first time in 6 years. Hopefully, it will make a nice bloom and I will be able to post a picture here.


On May 26, 2005, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Be very careful working in the area this is planted.
It is very late to come up.
I thought we had lost it to a cold wet Spring.
Our's is just now appearing and it's Memorial Day weekend.


On May 25, 2005, vagardener from Springfield, VA wrote:

I just planted the fingerleaf this year in a moist shady part of my garden. I put it in a spot that is troublesome, because of snails and slugs. I tried several Ligularia in that spot of my garden and no matter what I did they were destroyed by the end of the summer. I was attacted to Rodgersia, because of its rough textured leaves. I assumed this plant may be slug proof. So far so good. It appears to be thriving with no leaf loss and much new growth.


On May 28, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Neutral simply because this plant is a new addition to my shade garden. It looked to be something that would be a bit unusual, slightly tropical looking in appearance & large. I'll get back to you all to let you know how my summer went with this plant & the progress that it makes. Happy gardening!!


On Aug 30, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Rodgersias were popular in Victorian times, and have recently received renewed interest as gardeners look for bold, unusual plants for their gardens.

R. aesculifolia has leaves that resemble a horsechestnut, with bronze veining Plant in a moist, shady spot with room for the plant to stretch; it doesn't look its best when crowded.