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Rodgersia podophylla

Rodgersia podophylla

This close-up photograph of the flowers of Rodgersia podophylla or rodgersia was taken in June of 2006, but the resemblance to snowflakes makes it seasonal for this time of year as well (at least to folks in the temperate and arctic northern hemisphere).

Rodgersia podophylla is native to temperate east Asia, where it is a plant of moist woods. It performs well within the David C. Lam Asian Garden here at UBC – too well, perhaps. The garden's Rodgersia collection has been the subject of much consternation in recent years, as it can be very difficult to tell the species apart and the species hybridize readily. This isn't very advantageous when an institution is trying to ensure accurate labeling. Fortunately, the leaves of this species are quite distinctive; see the account on Rodgersia podophylla on the BBC Gardening web site for an image of the leaves. Wikipedia's entry is currently quite sparse, but it does have a photograph of the entire 1.5m or so plant: Rodgersia podophylla.

9 Comments

I think this is one of the prettiest of all the ones I have seen here. It looks so delicate, is just lovely. Thank you.

merry days to you all

lovely posting

i was born up north and how i wished
for snow--i live west coast of floida
tis warm and dry this christmas

thank you daniel for this page
and all who make this page
possible --i have been around
the world and met so many
shareing people
merry christmas and a bright new year

Merry Christmas, Daniel! It does look like snowflakes, so delicate and ethereal looking. I love the pink stems :)

Merry Christmas Daniel, and many thanks for the lovely start to the day with your botanical postings. Informative and beautiful, they brighten my early mornings.

Rodgersia podophylla - Z5 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Rodgersia podophylla - Z5-8 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
Rodgersia, rod-jer-se-a; named after Admiral Rodgers [U.S.A.] who commanded the expedition in which R. podophylla was discovered. podophylla, pod-o-fil-la, foot-stalked leaves. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith

So soft and lovely. Thanks Daniel, I enjoy these photos every day. You are one of the next best things to traveling. These photos take me to places I will never be able to afford to see. Merry Christmas.

Wonderful photo to remind us of this very quiet and peaceful time of the year. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Phew, this is a watercolor just waiting to happen!

Merry Christmas to Daniel & all at UBC Botanical Garden! Thanks for all the lovely photographs, this one should be on Christmas cards, so delicate & peaceful looking.

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