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Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’

Large-leaved saxifrage

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Features

  • BloomsFebruary to March
  • Height0.3m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.35m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourRed-pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green purple
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ (Large-leaved saxifrage). This evergreen, clump-forming perennial has large, rounded, purple-tinged, deep green leaves. Bell-shaped, red- pink flowers in clusters are carried on red stems from late winter to early spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Elephant's ear

Origin

Siberia

Interest and use

Ground cover, border

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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

Propagation is by division in the spring after flowering.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Dry brown rot, slugs, snails and caterpillars. Vine weevil and leaf spot may be a problem.

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