Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

Elephants' ears

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'
  • Common name: Elephants' ears
  • Family: Saxifragaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Bronze

Green

Bergenias make excellent ground-cover plants. Some varieties take on reddish or metallic tints in winter, but Bergenia cordifolia ‘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. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Because of its fine foliage Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ makes a good foil for a huge range of summer flowers – use as a substitute for hosta in poor soil or drier conditions.

How to grow Bergenia 'Purpurea'

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade, full shade
  • Shade type: Dry
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Bergenia 'Purpurea' and wildlife

Bergenia 'Purpurea' is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Bergenia 'Purpurea' poisonous?

Bergenia 'Purpurea' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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