Firecracker Rodgersia in spring
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Vibrant deep pink flowers are displayed above the feather-like dark green coarsely palmate leaves through early to mid-summer; prefers a moist environment, adds excellent texture near a watercoarse or pond
Firecracker Rodgersia features bold plumes of pink flowers with rose overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large serrated oval palmate leaves emerge olive green in spring, turning dark green in color with distinctive indian red edges. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.
Firecracker Rodgersia is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Firecracker Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Firecracker Rodgersia will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.