Rodgersia pinnata 'Superba'
Makes a strong impact in a cottage garden or formal flower border; tolerant of dappled shade, so ideal for a shady border; useful in a wild garden by a stream or pond edge as insects love it
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist soil
- Rate of growth: slow-to-establish
- Flowering period: July and August
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: attractive pink-tinted seed-head
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Spikes of bright-pink, star-shaped flowers on dark-red stems in mid and late summer above deeply divided, dark green leaves, purplish-bronze when young. This award-winning rodgersia is perfect for the moist margins of a pond or stream. Best grown in a sheltered, partially shady site, it contrasts well with the lacy-textured foliage of regal or shuttlecock ferns.
- Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould when planting. Protect the young foliage against slug damage using beer traps or environmentally friendly slug pellets. Lift and divide congested colonies in early spring.
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