Common names do bergenias no favours. The dull greyness suggested by “elephant’s ears” contradicts the rich colouring of one of winter’s most adaptable perennials. Only in shape is there a similarity. “Pigsqueak”, derived from the sound of your thumb rubbing across the shiny leaf surface, is hardly more enticing.
Bergenias are indeed one of the season’s most valuable plants – not only for their richly coloured, bold, architectural foliage on a manageable scale – but for their value as foils for other winter plants and for their own spring flowers.
I wish you a happy Monday, and an unforgettable new week 🙂