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Bergenia Eroica
(Elephant's Ears)

£18.00

£18.00
Great for wildlife
March - April
30cm x 40cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy

A winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, ‘Eroica’ produces clusters of bell-shaped pink flowers, bringing a sense of elegance to your spring display. Also known as ‘Elephant’s Ears’ due to their distinctive giant leaves that blush with rose and bronze tints in autumn through Winter. This evergreen perennial is easy to grow and a favourite for pollinators, inviting butterflies and bees into the garden.

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RHS Plants For Pollinators
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Description

Bergenia Eroica is our nursery's carefully chosen gem, selected with care by our horticultural experts. This exceptional perennial proudly holds the Plants for Pollinators Award and the Garden Merit, highlighting its outstanding qualities. Picture striking magenta blooms gracing your garden from early Spring to Autumn, offering a visual spectacle. Beyond its aesthetic charm, Bergenia Eroica serves as a haven for pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to local biodiversity. An additional allure is its ability to produce a second wave of flowers when pruned after the initial bloom, ensuring sustained pollination until August. Rooted in sustainable growing practices, Bergenia Eroica holds a special place in our collection. This plant is not just a visual delight but also a practical addition, thriving in different soils, including less favourable dry conditions. Its drought-resistant nature makes it well-suited for gardens with minimal rainfall. With a height of approximately 60cm and an equal spread, Bergenia Eroica adapts beautifully to mass plantings or mixed borders, offering enduring cut flowers. Its versatility extends to various garden styles, from Country Gardens to Wildlife Gardens, making it an essential choice for gardens of all types. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, Bergenia Eroica brings an enduring touch of elegance and vibrancy to your outdoor space.

Planting Conditions

Bergenia Eroica, a resilient and ornamental perennial, thrives in well-drained soil and prefers a location with partial to full sunlight. Optimal planting conditions include well-aerated soil with organic matter and spacing each plant about 30-45 cm apart to allow for proper air circulation. Plant at the same depth as it was in its previous container, ensuring the crown is level with the soil surface. Mulching around the base can help regulate soil temperature and suppress weeds. In colder climates, providing a layer of mulch can offer protection during extreme winter temperatures. With these planting conditions, Bergenia Eroica can establish itself as a sturdy and visually appealing presence in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Bergenia Eroica is a fully hardy and adaptable perennial, generally requiring minimal attention to watering and feeding once established. While it can tolerate various soil conditions, including periods of drought, it benefits from regular watering during extended dry spells to maintain soil moisture. However, overwatering should be avoided, as Bergenia Eroica is naturally resilient. In terms of feeding, this plant does not demand frequent fertilisation. While it can adapt to various soil types, incorporating a balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can provide essential nutrients for optimal growth. Keep in mind that Bergenia Eroica's natural hardiness often allows it to thrive with minimal intervention, making it a low-maintenance addition to your garden.

General Care

Caring for Bergenia Eroica is a delightful breeze, making it a wonderful addition to your garden. This resilient perennial thrives in well-drained soil, soaking up the sun for at least 4-6 hours a day. Give each plant some breathing space, about 30-45 cm apart, to ensure they flourish without crowding. Once settled, Bergenia Eroica shows its hardy side, needing just occasional sips of water during dry spells. Adding a layer of mulch around its base keeps things cosy and helps keep weeds at bay. While it's pretty laid-back, snipping off spent flower stems after their show and giving a little trim to any tired-looking leaves in late fall keeps things looking neat. If you fancy expanding your green family, Bergenia Eroica is open to division. And for those chilly Winter days, a snug layer of mulch is like a warm blanket. With its easy-going nature, Bergenia Eroica is not just a plant; it's a garden companion that brings joy without too much fuss.