Purpleleaf Bergenia flowers
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Height: 15 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 1b
Purpleleaf Bergenia features unusual spikes of fuchsia flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid spring. Its attractive large succulent round leaves emerge brick red in spring, turning dark green in colour with prominent dark red tips. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous dark red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Purpleleaf Bergenia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Purpleleaf Bergenia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Purpleleaf Bergenia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.