You can experience how this no-trouble rhizomatous ground cover earned its common name if, following a rain, you rub a leaf between your fingers—but it is Bergenia’s fine firm foliage mass and waxy Saxifraga-like flowers that justifies its presence in the garden. With bold, rounded outlines, the great, glossy, and nearly evergreen, rich green leaves are a handsome backdrop for dense heads of delightful spring blooms that rise above the cabbage-looking rosette on stalwart red-tinted stems. In winter, leaves become tinged with burgundy and are most welcome in holiday arrangements. Bergenia endures neglect, poor soil and some drought, but performs best in part shade.
Amidst a compact base of lustrous greenery, glistening deep rosy-red Hyacinth-like blooms herald spring, and later, the foliage transmutes bronzed wine tints that animate winters’ somber landscape. With its tidy habit, this gem is well-suited for edging a path or for gracing a container at any time of year. (PP#7,344)
Size: 16" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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