The rodgersias hail from temperate areas of Asia and are deciduous perennials. In other words, like hostas they drop all their leaves in autumn and disappear below ground, emerging afresh in the spring. Also like hostas, they are accepting of heavy soils and even boggy ground although they are less of a shade plant.
This form is Rodgersia aesculifolia – meaning the leaves look somewhat like an aesculus which is better known as a chestnut. They can get a bit of size to them. This plant has typical seven leaf clusters in a flattish circle which can measure up to 70cm across. The fine, feathery spires of cream flowers resemble an astilbe in appearance and are even sweetly scented. Rodgersia pinnata superba emerges with bronze growth and commonly has pink flower plumes.
Rodgersias are members of the saxifrage family and increase below ground with chunky, tuberous roots which can be lifted and divided in winter. Most of the saxifrages are dainty, delicate little things but the only delicate thing about the rodgersia is the dainty flower plume.