Elephant's ears

Bergenia 'Overture'

Elephant's ears - Bergenia  'Overture'

Common Name: Elephant's ears
Genus: Bergenia
Cultivar: 'Overture'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: March to 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. They make lovely edging plants, their huge leaves contrasting with the delicate fronds of ferns (in shade) or the tiny leaves of thymes (in sun). This variety has striking magenta flowers held high on scarlet stems above the foliage in mid spring. A cold snap in winter will turn the leaves from deep green to a rich claret.

  • 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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