Bergenia cordifolia Winterglow description
Dark pink flowers on upright stems in the spring and autumn.
Evergreen glossy leaves that turn red in colder weather.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is an early butterfly friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the front or middle of a border or in a Cottage Garden, or by a patio.
It is easy in most soils, including heavy or clay soils, provided it’s not too wet, but there must be no Vine Weevil in your garden (see ‘Care and maintenance’ below).
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Common names: Elephant’s Ears Vinterglöd and Elephant’s Ears Winterglow and Elephant’s Ears Winterglut.
Also known as: Bergenia cordifolia Winterglut and Bergenia cordifolia Vinterglöd
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade or shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a space at the front or middle of a flower bed.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates chalky soil and clay soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It is susceptible to Vine Weevil which lay their eggs by the plant and these develop into white, banana shaped grubs that chomp the roots. Biological control is pretty good at controlling it.
Size of plant:
Height 40 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
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