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BERGENIA 'Eden's Dark Margin'

Image of Bergenia 'Eden's Dark Margin' (EDEN SERIES)

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

BERGENIA 'Eden's Dark Margin'( EDEN SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Bergenia, Eden's Dark Margin Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak

General Description

This selection of Bergenia, ‘Eden’s Dark Margin,’ has the distinction of a thin line of red on the edge of its leaves. Like other bergenias, it is a low-growing, evergreen perennial with rounded green leaves with red undersides that grow from a wandering fleshy root and barely rise free of the ground. In mid to late spring the plant sends up short, thick stems, often purple, that end in a radiating cluster of small, magenta-pink flowers. In winter, the leaves turn shades of maroon. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should be removed.

Grow ‘Eden’s Dark Margin’ in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Use it as edging for paths and walkways, massed as a groundcover for contrasts of height and texture in a bed or border, in a rock garden, or at the edge of a wooded border in combination with hostas and ferns. Clumps may be divided in early fall or after blooming in spring every 4 to 5 years if desired.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm (16)

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm (24)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Central Asia, Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Magenta

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Burgundy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No