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Hercules Rodgersia

Rodgersia pinnata 'Hercules'

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Hercules Rodgersia (Rodgersia pinnata 'Hercules') at North Branch Nursery

Hercules Rodgersia flowers

Hercules Rodgersia flowers

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Rodger's Flower, Featherleaf Rodgersia


Finely cut leaves are bronze when they emerge turning dark green; striking plumes of pink-white flowers rise high above foliage in mid-summer, and make a great display; recommend partial shade; moist soils are a necessity when planting in full sun

Ornamental Features

Hercules Rodgersia features bold plumes of pink flowers with white overtones rising above the foliage in mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large serrated oval palmate leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning dark green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous dark red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Hercules 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.

Hercules Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Hercules Rodgersia will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches 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 requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Articulation  Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features