Elephant's ears

Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

Elephant's ears - Bergenia  'Bressingham White'

Common Name: Elephant's ears
Genus: Bergenia
Cultivar: 'Bressingham White'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained




    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, and will grow in sun or shade and tolerate a wide range of soils including dry soils and clay.

    'Bressingham White' produces masses of pure white spikes in spring above large deep green leaves that it retains throughout the year. A favourite of Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and plantswoman Beth Chatto this sturdy plant should be planted in groups as ground cover for edging borders or providing a foil for delicate foliage 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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