Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Elephant's ears

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Hardy perennial

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Plant details

The bold, rounded, evergreen leaves of bergenias make good-looking ground cover. Some varieties take on reddish or metallic tints in winter, but 'Purpurea' has purple foliage all year round, with upright stalks of pink flowers opening in late winter and extending through spring. Although bergenias thrive in light shade, the foliage of coloured leafed varieties like this one is strongest when grown in sun and poor soil. Because of their fine foliage the plants make a good foil for a huge range of summer flowers - use as a substitute for hosta in poor soil or drier conditions. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Saxifragaceae

Genus: Bergenia

Species: cordifolia

Cultivar: Purpurea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to divide plants: September to May

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