Spotted at Bellevue


I couldn’t believe this was rodgersia.

Spotted at Bellevue

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Actually, , I think it has been classified as both, and hence the confusion. The natives were sticking with rodgersia.

  2. It’s definitely Astibioides Tabularis. I have this plant in my “Big Leaf Room” It’s a fantastic plant! It was first avilable at White Flower Farm about 10 years ago. Still not the common in most nurseries.

  3. Astilboides tabularis is difficult for growers to grow. I tried and only a few plugs survived. I have tried from seed too and no luck there. It needs moist soil and shade in the garden. Really fabulous looking plant. Another plant that looks a bit like it is an Oregon native called Darmera peltata. The flowers come up in spring before the leaves and are pink. The leaves are smooth and big. Needs moist soil.

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