Large glossy thick leaves, no more than a foot high, are nice through the season. They are evergreen, but by late winter are ratty-looking. I usually forget to prune them off, so that by mid-spring I have a mix of old and new leaves (as in the photo here). By the time it blooms, it's mostly obscured by the peonies rushing upwards in the same area, so I usually happen upon the flowers in a surprise, coming around the corner of a little-used path. A nice surprise, for sure! This year was probably the best display I've seen in the five years or so the plants have been in our garden.
||deep pink (May)
||ordinary garden soil
|Late October foliage |
|Glossy leaves, a week before bloom |
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Marianne Nelson||Aug 04, 2005||Can you tell me where I can purchase the Bergenia Cordifolia?
It's not an uncommon perennial - many sources carry them. Bluestone carries the 'Winterglow' cultivar. Good luck
|Dotte Hass||Mar 23, 2011||Why doesn't my bergenia bloom every year?? Sometimes I cut off the old dead bloom stem and is this why it doesn't bloom??|
Cutting off the old bloom stem should, if anything, encourage bloom. More likely, the needs of the plant are not being met - too much shade, soil too poor?
- Seed for 'Bergenia mix' from '07 trade. Baggy 70F with light (68%G, 6-22d)
- Seed for 'Red Beauty' from JLHudson '14 order. Baggy 70F with light (53%G, 10-19d)
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