Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia

Bergenia cordifolia

"Heartleaf Bergenia"

Bergenia cordifolia

1 bare root — £2.48

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Description

Cover bare soil with year-round lushness! Unfussy Bergenia cordifolia works as an excellent ground cover, bringing glossy greenery and lush texture to virtually any planting space. Also known as heartleaf Bergenia or elephant’s ears, the leaves are large, rounded and veined. The subtle sheen of the polished-looking foliage stands upright and catches and reflects sunlight beautifully, creating shining highlights wherever planted, be it in sun or shade. Every spring, look forward to a yearly illumination of bright pink, bee-friendly blooms! 

With a year-round display of broad, rounded leaves, tinged with purple in winter, fully hardy Bergenia cordifolia will provide ongoing interest. Other than trimming back the spent flower stems and any untidy foliage in autumn, this garden stalwart needs little maintenance and can be relied upon to look great whatever the weather. The tough, leathery leaves of Bergenia cordifolia will stay strong in poor weather and this resilient plant will tolerate a range of situations, including exposed sites and poor soil. You’d be hard pressed to find a better choice for a robust but ravishing ground cover plant!

The leaves of Bergenia have a tangy and slightly bitter taste, which makes them suitable for culinary uses. They are used in salads, stir-fries, and some people make a refreshing tea from it.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Bergenia cordifolia

  • Flower colour

    Pink

  • Plant size

    2/3 eyes

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Partial shade
    Dappled shade
    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Clay
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Bergenia cordifolia roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Heartleaf Bergenia" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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