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Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak, Purple Bergenia
This bergenia is a clump-forming evergreen perennial with giant, rounded, toothed, dark-green leathery leaves with purplish red undersides. Small, nodding, rose-red, cup shaped flowers appear in loosely arranged groups on knee-high fleshy stems in early spring. The leaves turns beet red or deep purple in the winter and return to green the following spring. Leaves that look weatherbeaten in spring should be removed to keep the plant fresh. At the limits of its hardiness, its leaves may die back in winter, but new leaves will emerge after flowering ends in spring. This species is native to the woods and rocky terrains of Southwestern China. Examples of cultivars are 'Silberlicht' ('Silverlight') and 'Abendgloken' ('Evening Bells').
This perennial prefers part sun or shade and protection from extreme drying winds. It thrives in cool soil with good drainage. 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.
8 - 1
3 - 8
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
Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (18)
0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (12)
Early Spring, Spring
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green, Dark Red
Burgundy, Dark Red
Alpine, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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