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Bergenia Rosi Klose

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Elephant's ears

Flowering ground cover

The rounded, evergreen, leathery leaves are an impressive sight under trees, in dry shade and alongside paths and patios. In early spring rhubarb-like stems carry branched heads of bell-shaped rose-pink flowers. The leaves retain their dark green colour throughout the year; it does not produce those dead brown leaves which are a problem with many bergenias. This is a low growing perennial which makes excellent ground cover with vinca, hedera and pachysandra.

Where?

Can be grown in full sun or shade at the front of beds and borders, under trees, in narrow borders and on walls. It is also useful in pots and containers in shade.

How?

Any well-drained fertile soil. Remove flower heads as they fade and any dead leaves in winter.

A common name for bergenia is 'pigsqueak' due to the sound when two leaves rub together

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - July
Season of interest Spring, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full 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