English Elephant’s Ears

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


English Elephants Ears - Bergenia cordifolia
Latin name:
Bergenia cordifolia

Description: Although often considered a rather common plant, it never-the-less gives a very lush, exotic feel to the garden, especially if grown en-mass as an understory planting. It is an evergreen, clump forming perennial with rounded, hart-shaped mid-green leaves up to 30cm long, with a delightful purple-blue flush in winter. In spring they produce pale to dark pink nodding flowers on fleshy upright stems. ‘Purpurea’ is a form with rich purple-red with magenta-purple flowers.

Hardiness: Very hardy as B. cordifolia comes from Siberia!

Height: 45cm when in flower

Position: Partial to full shade

Soil: humus rich well drained soil

Water: Drought tolerant once established

Usage: Very useful plant for shade to deep shade areas where little else will grow

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