Chestnutleaf Rodgersia Rodgersia aesculifolia

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
chestnut-leaved rodgersia


The plant known as Chestnut Leaf is recognized for its bold and dramatic foliage, which bears a striking resemblance to that of a horse chestnut. The leaves are large, palmately compound, with each leaf comprising of multiple leaflets that radiate from a central point, creating an impressively textured appearance. These leaflets are typically deep green in color and have a slightly glossy finish, featuring pronounced veining that adds to their visual interest. In the right conditions, the foliage can take on a bronze hue, especially when new leaves emerge in the spring. Chestnut Leaf also produces attractive flowering plumes that rise above the foliage in the summertime. These flowers can vary in color, often displaying shades of pink, white, or red, and are arranged in panicles or clusters that add an upright element to the plant's shape. The blossoms can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, adding dynamism and liveliness to the garden. The plant tends to have a clumping habit, spreading out to form dense mounds that can contribute to a lush, tropical feel in the landscape. This species thrives in moist conditions and is often found in woodland settings or near water features, where its reflective leaves can be particularly eye-catching. The texture and size of Chestnut Leaf's foliage, combined with its ornamental flowers, make it a significant presence in any planting arrangement, contributing to its popularity among gardeners seeking a dramatic and robust perennial for their shaded areas.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Fingerleaf Rodgersia, Chestnut-leaf Rodgersia, Horse Chestnut Rodgersia

    • Common names

      Astilbe aesculifolia, Rodgersia aesculifolia var. henrici.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rodgersia aesculifolia, commonly known as the Chestnut Leaf Rodgersia, is not widely reported to be toxic to humans. There is little information available on the toxicity of this specific plant to humans, suggesting that it is not generally considered a hazard. Most sources do not list this plant as being toxic; however, it is always advisable to avoid ingesting parts of ornamental plants due to potential unknown risks or individual allergic reactions.

    • To pets

      Chestnut Leaf Rodgersia is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. It does not appear on lists of plants that are poisonous to dogs, cats, or other household animals. However, as with any non-food plant, consumption of large amounts of plant material could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets due to the novel ingestion of non-dietary fiber. If a pet shows signs of illness after ingesting this plant, it is advisable to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-6 feet (0.91-1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.61-0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Rodgersia aesculifolia, commonly known as rodger's flower, has distinctive, ornamental foliage that adds texture and visual interest to gardens.
    • Shade Tolerance: It thrives in partial to full shade, making it ideal for woodland gardens or shaded areas where other plants may struggle.
    • Water's Edge Planting: It can be planted near ponds or streams, as it appreciates moist soil and can contribute to a natural-looking waterside design.
    • Seasonal Interest: This plant offers seasonal interest with its large, horse chestnut-like leaves and plumes of small, star-shaped flowers in summer.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, rodger's flower is relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal care beyond regular watering in dry periods.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, promoting biodiversity in the garden.
    • Dramatic Groupings: Due to its size and striking appearance, it can be used to create dramatic groupings in landscape designs.
    • Soil Improvement: It can help improve soil structure and stability in garden beds, thanks to its robust root system.
    • Seasonal Color Change: The leaves of Rodgersia aesculifolia can provide a seasonal color change, as they may turn a rich bronze in the fall.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rodgersia aesculifolia, or 'Rodgers flower', can be used as a design element in large container gardening, adding structural interest to compositions featuring multiple plant species.
    • Due to its bold leaf structure, Rodgers flower can be used in crafting and leaf casting to create natural art and decorative items for the garden or home.
    • Its sizeable leaves can be useful in backyard composting, contributing to a balanced mix of green materials necessary for efficient decomposition.
    • Rodgers flower is sometimes utilized in floral arrangements, particularly in large displays, where its foliage provides an exotic and robust backdrop for more colorful blooms.
    • When dried, the leaves of Rodgers flower could potentially be incorporated into handmade papers, providing a unique texture and aesthetic.
    • In garden ponds or water features, large leaves of this plant can sometimes be used as natural 'boats' for small ornamental items, adding a whimsical touch.
    • Rodgers flower can serve as a background or framing plant in photography, where its intricate foliage pattern adds depth to portraits or macro photography shots.
    • In educational settings, the plant can be used to teach botanical concepts such as leaf morphology and plant structure, considering its distinctive leaf shape that resembles a horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).
    • The plant's leaves can be used in nature-themed crafts with children, such as leaf rubbings or creating prints using paint.
    • The dried seed heads of Rodgers flower can be used in ornamental dry arrangements or as part of wreaths and other decorative autumn displays.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Rodgersia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Rodgersia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Uniqueness - Rodgersia aesculifolia is known for its unique horse chestnut-like leaves, symbolizing individuality and standing out from the crowd.
    • Nature's Splendor - As a plant that creates bold foliage and striking flowers, it represents the beauty and splendor found in the natural world.
    • Enthusiasm - With its large, dramatic leaves and panicles of creamy-white or pink flowers, this plant embodies enthusiasm and zest for life.
    • Growth - The sizeable growth of the plant from spring to summer symbolizes personal growth and development.
    • Luxury - Due to its lush and sometimes tropical appearance, Rodgersia aesculifolia can signify luxury and richness in one's life.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Chestnut leaf Rodgersia prefers consistently moist soil, so it's important to water it regularly, especially during dry spells. During the growing season, water to maintain soil moisture, providing about 1 inch of water per week. In periods of drought, you may need to water twice a week, ensuring you apply the water directly to the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage. Adjust the frequency based on rainfall and temperatures, as hot weather will necessitate more frequent watering. Over winter, reduce watering but do not allow the soil to completely dry out.

  • sunLight

    Chestnut leaf Rodgersia thrives best in partial shade conditions. It can tolerate some morning sunlight, but it should be protected from the intense afternoon sun to prevent the foliage from scorching. A spot that provides dappled sunlight, perhaps under the canopy of a deciduous tree, would be ideal for this plant. Avoid deep shade, as this can result in reduced vigor and fewer blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Chestnut leaf Rodgersia is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it grows best when the temperature is between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from harsh winter winds. During hot summers, ensure the plant has adequate moisture to cope with temperatures exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Chestnut leaf Rodgersia does not require extensive pruning. Prune to maintain shape and remove any dead or damaged foliage, typically in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This helps to keep the plant looking tidy and may encourage more vigorous growth. Pruning can be done annually, but always ensure the use of clean, sharp tools to make precise cuts and minimize damage to the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Chestnut Leaf's best soil mix is rich, humusy, and well-draining, with a soil pH of 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Chestnut Leaf should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Chestnut Leaf thrives in high humidity conditions, preferably around 60 to 80 percent.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, moist, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-7 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Rodgersia aesculifolia, commonly known as Chestnut-leaved Rodgersia, begins its life cycle as a seed, often requiring stratification - a cold period - to break dormancy. Upon germination, it develops a rosette of large, attractively veined leaves. The plant exhibits a perennial growth habit, dying back to the ground in winter and resurfacing in spring from its rhizomatous roots. Throughout late spring to summer, it sends up a flower stalk bearing panicles of small, star-shaped, creamy white or pinkish flowers, which can be favored by pollinators. After pollination, these flowers mature into dry dehiscent fruits, which release seeds to complete the reproductive cycle. In suitable moist and shaded conditions, Rodgersia aesculifolia can slowly clump-form and spread, achieving maturity over a number of years.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Rodgersia aesculifolia, commonly known as Chestnut-leaved Rodgersia, is best propagated by division, a process typically carried out in early spring or autumn. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant, ensuring a generous amount of soil is kept around the roots to minimize shock. Using a sharp knife or spade, divide the clump into smaller sections, each with several shoots and a portion of the root system. Replant the divisions at the same depth they were originally growing, spacing them about 18 to 24 inches (approximately 45 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. Water the newly planted divisions well to help establish them. This method of propagation is effective because it allows the cultivator to multiply their stock of Rodgersia aesculifolia while maintaining the characteristics of the parent plant.