Bergenia Purpurascens


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Common Name: Elephants Ears
Size: 2-3 litre
Hardiness: H5
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

2-3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: April-May
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual Height: 50cm
  • Eventual Spread: 50cm

Bergenia Purpurascens, commonly known as Elephant Ears, holder of the much coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a hardy clump forming evergreen perennial, with broad, ovate, leathery looking leaves that turns red/purple in the autumn. From early Spring this Bergenia produces clusters of bell shaped deep pink flowers on erect reddish stems. Often used as a ground cover plant within the flower border, on sloping banks or a shaded area beneath deciduous trees or hedge or roses.

Looking After Your Bergenia Purpurascens

Generally pest and disease free, an easy to grow evergreen herbaceous perennial in many, if not all locations. A low maintenance ground cover plant preferring a humus rich soil, and although tolerant to most conditions Bergenia are well suited to any dry area under the shade of a deciduous tree / hedge or slopping bank. Equally at home in an informal cottage planting scheme or town garden. throughout the year remove any damaged or dying foliage and spent flower spikes to help deter any hungry slugs or snails. in the Autumn provide a good mulch of well rotted garden compost or leaf mould which will also help to protect the roots in the colder months.

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