You can experience how this no-trouble rhizomatous ground cover earned its common name if, following a rain, you rub a leaf between your fingers—but it is Bergenia’s fine firm foliage mass and waxy Saxifraga-like flowers that justify its presence in the garden. With bold rounded outlines, the great, glossy, and nearly evergreen, rich green leaves are a handsome backdrop for dense heads of delightful spring blooms that rise above the cabbage-looking rosette on stalwart red-tinted stems. In winter, leaves become tinged with burgundy and are most welcome in holiday arrangements. Bergenia endures neglect, poor soil and some drought, but performs best in part shade.
Wildly popular in Europe, this unfaltering AGM recipient is one of the most floriferous Bergenias, delivering long-lasting, richly hued purplish pink flower clusters atop staunch, tall branching green stalks that are dappled with auburn highlights. The broad, rounded wavy green leaves foster a gleaming finish plus impressive frost tolerance and show-stopping coppery-beet-red tones for winter. A colorful nearly-evergreen perennial, ‘Eroica’ can garnish borders, shrub plantings, stairways and rock gardens, as well as bouquets and holiday greenery.
Size: 12" – 18" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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