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Bergenia Cordifolia 'Purpurea' (Elephant's Ears)

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Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' (elephant's ears)

Bergenia Cordifolia 'Purpurea' (Elephant's Ears)

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Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: any soil
Rate of growth: average to fast
Flowering period: April to May
Hardiness: fully hardy
Commonly known as elephant's ears, because of their large, leathery, oval leaves, bergenias have become fashionable again, thanks both to the number of new cultivars that have become widely available and to their usefulness in the garden. Bergenias are low maintenance, evergreen, will grow in sun or shade and tolerate a wide range of soils, including dry soils and clay.This variety has handsome purple-tinged leaves and bears spikes of deep pink flowers on red stems in spring. A favourite of garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and plantswoman Beth Chatto, this robust plant is great for edging well-trodden paths or planted in groups as ground cover, or providing a foil for delicate plants. Garden care: After flowering remove faded flowerheads. Cut off damaged foliage in spring. Lift and divide large clumps in early spring.



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