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Bergenia crassifolia (Winter-Blooming Bergenia)

Korean Elephant's Ears, Elephant's Ears, Elephant's Ears Saxifrage, Winter-Blooming Bergenia, Bergenia coreana


Native to central and eastern Asia, Bergenia crassifolia (Winter-Blooming Bergenia) is a clump-forming evergreen perennial noted for its incredible hardiness and vigor. Borne on branched stems from winter into spring, erect clusters of nodding, purple-pink flowers rise above a rosette of wavy, toothed, oblong to rounded leaves. Deep green in spring and summer, the large leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm), are often tinged with red in winter, providing year round interest. The attractive foliage is often used in floral arrangements. Low maintenance, Winter-Blooming Bergenia makes a wonderful ground cover or specimen. Use in mass, in containers, on banks, in front of the border, or in mixed beds.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Easily grown in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils in sun or part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including poor soils, but dislikes hot, dry conditions. Heavy shade tolerant.
  • Undemanding and virtually disease-free, this Bergenia is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, banks and slopes, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or city gardens.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Remove faded flower spikes
  • Propagate by seed or division.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Bergenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Bergenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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