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Bergenia genus (Elephant's ear). This genus consists of about 6-7 species of evergreen perennials with thick usually large, rounded to oval or spoon-shaped, leathery leaves with indented veins. The flowers are produced in large clusters of either white or pink blooms.
Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs or Herbaceous
Grown for their leaves which make good ground cover. Suitable for coastal conditions.
They are fully to frost hardy and will tolerate sun or shade in any well drained soil, but the leaf colour is best on poor soil and in full sun.
Propagation is by division in the spring after flowering.
Dry brown rot, slugs, snails and caterpillars. Vine weevil and leaf spot may be a problem.
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