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.
Big varnished rosettes of firm, extralarge rounded evergreen foliage beam purplish bronze colors that indeed work magic on a bleak winter landscape. A verdurous foil the rest of the year, dark green leaves reach up to a foot long and 9 in. across, while supporting dense rosy-pink flower clusters, defined by red centers, white stamens and open starry faces on stout wine-hued stems. Bedazzled with jewel tones and texture galore, this hybrid Bergenia crafts an exceptional, easy-care ground cover for moist poorly drained banks, streamsides or borders.
Size: 16" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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