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Bergenia crassifolia

Elephant's ear

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary to March
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.6m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPale pink red purple
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Bergenia crassifolia (Elephant's ear). This is a tall species, and the foliage is rather ground covering. It has blue-green leaves. In early spring-time it will produce deep pink flowers in large clusters.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

E. Asia - N.W. China

Interest and use

Ground cover, bedding plant.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

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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