Rodgersia pinnata 'Bronze Peacock'

Common Name: rodgersia 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Saxifragaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful


Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers organically rich, moist soils in light shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Rodgersia pinnata is a bold, rhizomatous perennial with pinnately compound, basal leaves which appear palmate. Each leaf has 6-9 leaflets (6-8" long). Clusters of apetalous, creamy pink to red flowers appear in late spring to early summer in branched, astilbe-like panicles rising above the foliage mound to 3-4' tall. Foliage turns reddish-bronze in late summer.

Genus name honors Rear-Admiral John Rodgers (1812-1882), distinguished American naval officer who commanded in 1852-1856 a Pacific expedition during which the first species of this genus was discovered.

Specific epithet refers to the plant's pinnate leaves but this is often hard to see as leaflets may be so close together to appear palmate. Check several leaves. Species can also interbreed resulting in a blurring of leaf types.

'Bronze Peacock' was developed by Harini Korlipara of Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon. It originated as a naturally occurring tissue culture mutation of Rodgersia pinnata 'Ideal'. Valued for its foliage, it has palmately compound to pseudo-pinnate, thick, shiny, basal leaves that emerge dark bronze in spring and mature to green with dark edges. Each leaf has 5 to 7 leaflets that are 6-8 in. long. During the summer, it has clusters of apetalous, tiny pink flowers on branched red stems that are up to 4 ft. tall. 'Bronze Peacock' has a more compact habit than other rodgersias and grows 1 to 2 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide. U.S. Plant Patent PP#24,780 awarded August 19, 2014.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Mass or group in moist woodland or bog gardens or in wet areas along stream or ponds. Also excellent accent or specimen. Effective in the border as long as the soil moisture requirements can be met.