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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
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Other common names
elephant's ears 'Purpurea'
Bergenia are evergreen rhizomatous perennials with leathery, rounded leaves and dense, erect clusters of bell-shaped pink or white flowers in spring
'Purpurea' is a perennial forming a clump of large, rounded deep green leaves, purplish in winter. Bright magenta-pink flowers in erect clusters on red stems to 50cm in height
Habit Spreading / Branched
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing or North-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Best grown in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Dislikes hot, dry conditions but tolerates poor soil and exposed sites.
Propagate by division or root rhizomes sections in autumn or spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Ground Cover Banks and Slopes Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal
Pruning Remove faded flower spikes
Pests Foliage may be eaten by slugs, snails, vine weevil and caterpillars
May be affected by a leaf spot
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elephant's ears 'Purpurea'
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