Bergenia are incredibly hardy, and reliably evergreen throughout nearly the entire continent. An improvement on previous forms with more purple-burgundy "elephant ear" leaves than the Bressingham Ruby. This selection forms a low clump of bold, wavy green leaves, which turn a stunning beet-red shade during winter. Stems of vivid magenta-purple flowers rise above the shiny foliage in mid spring. The winter leaves are a valuable addition to cut flower bouquets. Most effective when mass planted or used as an edging along a walkway. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, in both sun or part shade. Easily divided in spring or early fall.

Sun Exposure:  full sun to part shade, ideal in sites with morning sun or all day light shade.

Soil type: most

Soil PH:  all

Soil Moisture: average to moist

Care level: Easy  (clean up old leaves in spring)

Flower color: magenta-purple

Bloom time: Spring

Foliage Color: waxy green, turning red in winter.

Uses and Characteristics:  Good Texture/Form,  Attracts Butterflies,  Border,  Containers, Deer  and Rabbit Resistant,  Edging, Evergreen,  Groundcover.  Massed,  Woodland

Flower head size: large

Height: 30-45 cm (12-18”)

Spread: 45-60 cm (18-23”)

Growth Rate: Slow.Propagation:  By division.  They can stay in the same place for many years.

Bergenia Cordifolia Eroica Pig-Squeak or Elephant Ears, Zones 2-9


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