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Bergenia cordifolia

Elephant's ears

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Rose

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (43271)

Plant details

Perhaps the most common of all bergenias, but worthy of a place in any garden. Naturally found in Siberia, this tough perennial has broad, leathery leaves which make dense ground cover when established especially if grown in a group. Although green in summer, the rounded foliage often becomes tinted purple in winter. Its nodding rosy flowers in early spring are held on knee-high stems.

Family: Saxifragaceae

Genus: Bergenia

Species: cordifolia

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: April to May


Reader reviews

smiley1970

Sounds perfect for my slug ridden, clay, shady garden! Will give it a try.


dleeharrington

Elephant's Ear's are great. I did not know that they were native to Siberia.

They grow mad / rampant in my garden, so if you live in the dorset area drop by & take a cutting for free.

They are hardy, good & strong


kaycurtis

I like this plant does't cause any problems and grows well on my clay soil the leaves are nice and glossy and I haven't found them eaten by any creatures that might frecquent my garden.



robbieonthecoast

I planted two mature plants in troughs. One is doing well and one seems to be dying. Lovely plants though.


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