The Monarch butterfly host plant with great retail appeal, so it's easy to sell. It is unusual and showy with 3-in., globes of pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. This increasingly rare plant is the only genus on which Monarch butterflies will deposit eggs. The nectar-filled flowers, opening late summer, exude a pleasing sweet fragrance and produce magnificent seed pods. 2-3 ft. tall.
Selected long ago at Bellevue Botanic Garden, WA, for its superior form and color. It emerges every spring with dark chocolate foliage. Over the season, the leaves age to green with some ruddy highlights. White flowers on stems to 4 ft., leaves to 24 in.
It is widely recognized as one of the best forms that emerges with red leaves. The color is retained longer than other varieties, especially in full sun. Rodgersia are prone to spring frost so choosing a good site is important, and if they do get burnt back they will re-emerge. They are strong. Spreading ground cover to 24 in. in foliage, and 4ft., in blossom with white flowers.