Bergenia cordifolia

Elephant's ears

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Hardy perennial

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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


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


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


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.


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

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