Elephant's ears

Bergenia 'Silberlicht '(syn. Silverlight)

Elephant's ears  - Bergenia  'Silberlicht '(syn. Silverlight)

Common Name: Elephant's ears
Genus: Bergenia
Cultivar: 'Silberlicht '(syn. Silverlight)

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink, 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.

Tall spikes clothed in pure white flowers that fade to pink appear in spring above large mid-green leaves. A favourite of 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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