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Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak, Sunningdale Bergenia
A hybrid bergenia, ‘Sunningdale’ grows as a spreading clump of large rounded leaves and flowers on fleshy stalks. Like other bergenias, it is a low-growing, evergreen perennial, its leaves rising from a wandering fleshy root, growing close together and upright in an unruly mat. In mid to late spring the plant sends up knee-high, red stems topped by a cluster of small, magenta flowers. In winter, the leaves turn shades of copper-red. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should be removed.
Grow ‘Sunningdale’ in dappled or full 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, ferns and lungworts. 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, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (24)
Early Spring, Spring
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Dark Green, Copper
Red, Purple, Copper
Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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