Elephant's ears

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Elephant's ears - Bergenia cordifolia  'Purpurea'

Common Name: Elephant's ears
Genus: Bergenia
Species: cordifolia
Cultivar: 'Purpurea'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

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

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