• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Bergenia cordifolia 'Vinterglöd'

elephant's ears 'Vinterglöd'

elephant's ears 'Vinterglöd'


  • Other common names elephant's ears 'Vinterglöd'

  • Synonyms Bergenia cordifolia 'Winterglut'
    Bergenia 'Winterglow'

    Bergenia 'Winterglut'

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  • Family Saxifragaceae

  • Genus Bergenia are evergreen rhizomatous perennials with leathery, rounded leaves and dense, erect clusters of bell-shaped pink or white flowers in spring

  • Details 'Vinterglöd' is a herbaceous perennial, up to 40cm high, with glossy, dark green leaves, flushed with red in winter. Dark pink flowers are produced on dark red stalks in spring and often also later in autumn


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or East-facing or South-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Chalk


  • Sand


  • Clay


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Alkaline, Acid


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any soil that is not boggy, in sun or shade, but best in moist but well-drained soil in a cool sheltered position with partial shade from taller trees or shrubs, which will give the flowers protection from late frosts, and so prolong the flowering season; however a more exposed position and less rich soil will encourage winter colouring

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Banks and Slopes Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning No pruning required but faded flower spikes can be removed

Pests May be affected by leaf and bud eelworm and vine weevil

Diseases May be affected by a fungal leaf spot

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