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ASTILBOIDES tabularis

Image of Astilboides tabularis

Russell Stafford

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

ASTILBOIDES tabularis

Plant Common Name

Astilboides, Shieldleaf Rodgersia

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General Description

Bring drama to a cool, shady woodland garden by planting the shieldleaf rodgersia, which captures attention with its large, jagged leaves and upright flower stems. A clump-forming herbaceous perennial, its native range is northeastern China and North Korea. Slow-growing, creeping rhizome roots eventually create a broad plant in the landscape.

Light green leaves emerge in spring, with softly hairy surfaces. Each blade rises on a long petiole stem that attaches in the blade center. The leaf is rounded but with numerous jagged edges or lobes. In ideal growing conditions, a leaf may become up to 3 feet wide (90 cm). In early to midsummer, tall flower stems poke up from the mass of leaves. Tiny, creamy white flowers create upright plumes on the stems.

Grow shieldleaf rodgersia in partial shade among ferns and hostas. The soil should be evenly moist and rich in organic matter, which is especially important for clay and sand. Appreciating lots of moisture, do not plant this perennial where its roots are submerged in water; plant it just above the water line on the edge of a pond or stream. Summer heat or dry soils quickly lead to leaf wilt. Shieldleaf rodgersia excels in regions with cold winters and cool to warm summers. Use it as an accent in a woodland or shade garden, or as a massed groundcover under large-trunked trees in a glen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No