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Bergenia Bressingham White


Elephant's Ears

Masses of white flowers

Elephant's ears is easy to grow and great for providing year round structure in the garden. This is a lovely selection with glossy green, leathery leaves that create a lovely foil for the pure white flowers during spring.


Best grown in sun or partial shade in a bed or mixed border where it combines beautifully with the delicate fronds of ferns. It also makes an ideal ground cover around shrubs.


Prefers a moist, well-drained soil but can also do well in dry shade. Just cut back the faded flowers and any damaged leaves after flowering in spring.

Bergenias are in the saxifrage family and are excellent pollinator plants providing welcome nectar for early flying bees during spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - July
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to July