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Herbaceous Perennial

Bergenia 'Frau Holle'
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elephant's ears 'Frau Holle'

'Frau Holle' has very pale pink flowers with a deeper pink blush on dainty stems of varying height to 70cm. Foliage yellow-green, red-flushed on margins. Good frost-resistence

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red Pink Green Red Yellow
Summer Green Red Yellow
Autumn Green Red Yellow
Winter Green Red Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Easy to grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade; tolerant of dry shade or poor soil in an open exposed position. Good light conditions will enable the best leaf colour to develop. Mulch in autumn

Propagation

Divide deteriorating clumps or root rhizome sections from them in early spring. After flowering or in autumn, lift and sever new plantlets from the ends of the long rhizomes and replant, leaving the parent to flower. Plantlets should flower the next year

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes and older brown or damaged leaves in spring

Pests

Susceptible to vine weevil, leaf and bud eelworm, slugs and snails and some caterpillars

Diseases

Leaf spot may be a problem and dry brown rot may affect the rhizomes

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