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common name: Elephants' Ears, Omei Bergenia
synonyms: Bergenia omeiensis
perennial, evergreen, ground-cover
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
stem/bark: red & green
main season: All Year
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Clump-forming with large rounded glossy dark green leaves. Clusters of elegant white, slightly pink-blushed flowers on reddish tinged stems in early spring.
Best in humus-rich, moist, well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Not very hardy and needs a warm sheltered location. Best under glass in cold areas.
Divide and replant clumps every 3 to 5 years.
From seed, by division or sections of root rhizome, each with at least one leaf node or growing bud, preferably taken after flowering in late spring or in autumn. Plant in well drained soil or compost.