Shieldleaf Rodgersia

Rodgersia tabularis

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Shieldleaf Rodgersia (Rodgersia tabularis) at Weston Nurseries

Shieldleaf Rodgersia in bloom

Shieldleaf Rodgersia in bloom

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Astilboides tabularis


Dramatic large dinner plate-sized foliage has ruffled edges and prominent veins; subtle astilbe-like spikes of flowers; coarse leaves complements finer foliaged plants in the landscape; happiest in mostly shade with lots of moisture

Ornamental Features

Shieldleaf Rodgersia is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its broadly spreading habit of growth. It features airy spikes of creamy white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive enormous lobed leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Shieldleaf Rodgersia is an open herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Shieldleaf Rodgersia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Shieldleaf Rodgersia will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate 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 species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features