Bergenia cordiflora - Elephant Ear Plant
Bergenia cordifolia, is an attractive ground cover with striking pink bell-shaped flowers. This beautiful evergreen perennial garden plant has beautiful, heart-shaped, deep-green leaves that resemble elephant ears. This popular spring flower originates from Siberia, Mongolia and western China and can easily survive the winter. Bergenias are particularly suitable for planting around borders or finding a place by your pond. This garden plant can truly be called beautiful! It is also an ideal choice for damp gardens.
Bergenia, the evergreen perennial
Bergenia cordifolia is an evergreen perennial known for its incredible hardiness and vigour. Grown on sturdy red stems from which, in early spring, upright racemes of deep pink flowers rise above a rosette of leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves. Deep green in summer, the bergenia's large flowers are about 30cm long. In winter the colour changes to purple-bronze, making the elephant ear a beautiful sight all year round. The attractive foliage is often used in flower arrangements
Elephant's Ear Plants in Your Garden
This bergenia has purple-pink flowers and grows up to 35cm tall. Bergenia Cordiflora loves a moderately sunny to shady and moist location. This plant also grows well in quite dark conditions, but looks better in a brighter spot. The old leaves die back when the plant starts to flower. Even in winter the leaves remain green. In heavy frost the leaves curl up to prevent too much evaporation. A particularly suitable plant for a large group, both in the sun and in the shade.
Care and maintenance tips for Bergenia Cordiflora
Should I prune the Bergenia cordifolia? You can remove the stems after flowering, but they can also remain decorative for a while. Cut off the dead flower stalks. For a good result and the formation of a closed foliage cover, Bergenia should be left in the same spot in the bed for a long time. The plants grow slowly and do not proliferate. An added bonus is that this excellent ground cover suppresses weed growth.
Buy elephant ear plants
We recommend buying about 6 - 8 plants for one square metre
The plants are grown in pots, so you can use Bergenia Cordiflora all year round.