Bergenia Cordifolia Purpurea Ground Cover
Bergenia was a recurring plant in Gertrude Jekyll’s garden designs and it is easy to see why, this useful evergreen herbaceous plant has bold red flushed architectural foliage that turns to various shades of rich purple during the winter months, this colouration is more dramatic in poor soils. During late winter and spring masses of strong wiry stems erupt from the foliage carrying clusters of rich cerise-pink flowers. Bergenia cordifolia Purpurea is a tough and adaptable plant that will tolerate any soil in full sun or partial shade.
As a rough guide planting Bergenia cordifolia Purpurea as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
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How to grow Bergenia cordifolia Purpurea:
Position: Full sun, partial shade
Foliage: Evergeen Herbaceous perennial, foliage stays all year.
Soil and site: Well drained, moist.
Flowering time: Spring
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: 60cm x 75cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established add plenty of organic matter to the soil when planting. Remove spent flowers after they fade.