Elephant’s ears, Pigsqueak (Bergenia crassifolia)

Flowering Bergenia crassifolia

Bergenia crassifolia

Bergenia crassifolia (Elephant’s ears, Pigsqueak) is evergreen perennial grows in climps 12 in tall and about 12 in wide, speads slowly by rhisomes. The leaves are leathery gloosy green color and have a wavy edge, they change color to brown red when weather is cold. The flowers are pink color and produced in a cyme. Blooms in winter. Due to it’s growing habit usually used as groundcover. Hardiness zones 4-10. Prefers full sun, but can grow in shade too. Does best in moist humus reach soil. It will grow in other soil types, but not as fast. Generaly very robust plant, but vine weevil adults can eat the leaves edges. Divide clumps every 3-4 years to avoid overcrowding.

Plant profile summary:

Name  Bergenia crassifolia (Elephant’s ears, Pigsqueak)
Zone/ Sunset Zone  4-10
Type:  Evergreen perennial
Size/shape:  12 x 12, clumps
Life Span:  Long
Foliage/ Flower/ Fruits Type/ Color  Glossy green leaves, pink flowers in winter
Sun/ wind Exposure:  Full sun to light shade. Protect from strong cold winds
Water requirements:  Medium
Soil requirements:  Moist, humus reach soil
Use:  Groundcover
Attractions – special features:  Evergreen foliage, attactive through the year. Blooms in winter
Pests / Diseases:  Vine weevil
Trimming  Divide clumps every 3-4 years