Bergenia

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Bergenia

Elephant’s ears

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any soil
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Height: 35-50cm
  • Foliage: evergreen
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

Bergenia is a great foliage plant with striking, leathery, rounded leaves and bears clusters of pink, purple-pink or white flowers on erect stems in early spring. This evergreen perennial also makes excellent ground cover, perfect for planting in partial shade or full sun.

Varieties

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ is grown for its deep pink flowers on red stems and heart-shaped leaves up to 30cm. It grows to about 50cm tall. Smaller at 30cm, Bergenia ‘Baby Doll’ bears attractive soft pink flowers above bright green leaves. Also popular are ‘Silberlicht’ and ‘Bressingham White’. Both varieties produce white flowers. For dramatic winter leaf colour try Bergenia ‘Eroica’ with purple-pink flowers in spring and green leaves which turn deep red in winter.

Bergnia cordifolia 'Purpurea''
Bergenia as a ground cover                 Flowers of Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

Pruning

Pruning Bergenia (Elephant’s ears). Cut back the faded flowers stems, after flowering and remove damaged and old brown leaves in early spring.

Planting

As a ground cover best planted in a group. Add plenty of compost to the soil before planting. Plant bergenia 30-40cm apart.

Dividing

Dividing bergenia. Older plants tend to be less productive. To stimulate better flowering lift and divide large clumps after flowering or in early autumn. Cut back the leaves to 10-20cm above the clumps

Plant combination

Bergenia goes well with Alchemilla mollis, Pachysandra, Vinca minor, Ferns.

Polystichum setiferum
Bergenia planted with Polystichum setiferum