Bergenia, otherwise known as Elephants ears is a tough survivor in spite of its tropical appearance. The plant grows from a creeping rhizome usually above ground, giving it the ability to grow on the shallowest of soils. From this rhizome, the large evergreen leaves appear, and the plant can be used to cover building rubble or drain covers. Pink or white flowers appear in early spring to add to the attraction. Bergenia is quite happy in both shady and dry situations making this a valuable plant for difficult gardens.
Remove dead flowers once the blooms have faded, and periodically clear away the old dead leaves. Curtail any unwanted spread of the plants by simply cutting and clearing away. Rhizomes may be re-established elsewhere by pinning them to the soil surface with a peg or a weight such as a brick.
No toxic, culinary or medicinal properties known.
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