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Bergenia purpurascens (Purple bergenia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.45m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Bergenia purpurascens

Other names

Purple bergenia, Bergenia beesiana, Bergenia purpurascens light

Genus

Bergenia Bergenia

Species

B. purpurascens - B. purpurascens is a clump-forming perennial with oval to elliptic, dark green leaves, reddish-purple beneath and turning deep purple or dark red in winter. Upright, slender, red stems bear nodding to pendent clusters of reddish-purple flowers in spring.


Bergenia purpurascens is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purple-pink, Reddish-purple in Spring

Foliage

Flushed red, Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green, Flushed red in Autumn; Reddish-purple in Winter

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. Cut back untidy foliage in spring.

Propagation

Root rhizome sections in autumn or spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Rhizome sections


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Where to grow

Bergenia purpurascens (Purple bergenia) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Performs best in moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Frost may damage early flowers. Avoid hot, dry conditions. Tolerates poor, exposed locations. Will tolerate full shade.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but 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)

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Botanical name

Bergenia purpurascens

Other names

Purple bergenia, Bergenia beesiana, Bergenia purpurascens light

Genus

Bergenia Bergenia

Species

B. purpurascens - B. purpurascens is a clump-forming perennial with oval to elliptic, dark green leaves, reddish-purple beneath and turning deep purple or dark red in winter. Upright, slender, red stems bear nodding to pendent clusters of reddish-purple flowers in spring.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purple-pink, Reddish-purple in Spring

Foliage

Flushed red, Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green, Flushed red in Autumn; Reddish-purple in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Slugs , Snails , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes. Cut back untidy foliage in spring.

Propagation

Root rhizome sections in autumn or spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Rhizome sections


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Bergenia purpurascens (Purple bergenia) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Performs best in moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Frost may damage early flowers. Avoid hot, dry conditions. Tolerates poor, exposed locations. Will tolerate full shade.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but 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 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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