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Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' (Elephant's ears 'Purpurea')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.75m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Other names

Elephant's ears 'Purpurea'

Genus

Bergenia Bergenia

Variety or Cultivar

'Purpurea' _ 'Purpurea' is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial with thick, rounded to heart-shaped, dark green leaves, flushed purple in winter. Sturdy, upright, red stems bear cymes of bell-shaped, magenta flowers in spring.


Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Magenta in Spring

Foliage

Flushed purple, Flushed red in Winter; Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' (Elephant's ears 'Purpurea') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.75m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade. Tolerates poor soil and exposed sites, but avoid hot, dry conditions. Weed around plants until they have joined up to make ground cover

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

Other names

Elephant's ears 'Purpurea'

Genus

Bergenia Bergenia

Variety or Cultivar

'Purpurea' _ 'Purpurea' is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial with thick, rounded to heart-shaped, dark green leaves, flushed purple in winter. Sturdy, upright, red stems bear cymes of bell-shaped, magenta flowers in spring.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Clump-forming, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Magenta in Spring

Foliage

Flushed purple, Flushed red in Winter; Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' (Elephant's ears 'Purpurea') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.75m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade. Tolerates poor soil and exposed sites, but avoid hot, dry conditions. Weed around plants until they have joined up to make ground cover

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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