Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’ –
Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’ is a garden treat all year.
First clusters of warm baby-pink blooms with strawberry throats, bloom from early spring through into summer.
Then as autumn arrives the tough, leathery and very attractive leaves take on plum and burgundy tones, which intensify to wine red over the winter. Hence Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’ is a delectable colour treat all year long.
Lovely flowers, but it is really all about the foliage
Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’ leaves are particularly lovely in the winter, when rich pink veins thread the wine-red leaves, making them look like dragonfly wings.
Hence the name of course.
Bergenia leaves remain evergreen all year, but really become a wonderful feature in winter.
Cold weather promotes a symphony of reds, burgundies and plum shades, and they simply revel in frost.
Frost just makes the foliage colours even better with ‘Pink Dragonfly’
Handsome all year round
During the warm months the handsome heart shaped leaves are deep green, glossy, and leathery tough.
They are neat handsome rosettes all year round.
Bergenias are renowned for their toughness and hardiness in far from ideal conditions.
Tough & easy in a wide range of conditions
Part Shade to Full Shade is best though not essential.
Bergenia are very hardy, and often chosen for Dry Shade or Deep Shade gardens, where they cope extremely well under big old trees and shrubs.
However they are tough enough to also grow in Sun, though the leaves will not be as large or lush, and may scorch.
They much prefer shade in hot areas, where they can tolerate periods of dry very well.
Bergenia are not thirsty plants, and can tolerate periods of dry very well.
They are so resistant to dry because they have such fleshy, robust root systems to store water and nutrients effectively.
Bergenia accept a wide range of soils, including poor soil. They are happy in soils from sandy to clay, with pH from acid to alkaline lime. Prime performance is in humus rich soil with average, normal moisture, but they really don’t mind much if you cannot provide.
They are a wise choice for seaside and coastal gardens, as the leathery, waxy leaves make them tolerant of salt laden winds.
(Please see the ‘Growing’ section below for full details about cultivation)
Tough, weed suppressing ground-cover
Bergenia look wonderful planted as a ground-cover carpet.
Several plants massed can completely cover the ground surface with lush foliage, so weeds are blocked. Although Bergenia is not invasive.
This makes Bergenia indispensable as binding plants for banks and slopes in shaded areas.
They have such solid root systems to effectively bind the soil from slipping.
While the complete foliage cover means you don’t have to be down on hands and knees weeding on the slope.
Low maintenance & undemanding
Bergenia are very low maintenance plants, needing little, if ever attention.
A tidy up after winter is all the maintenance required (and they won’t care if you forget).
They are renowned as being virtually disease and pest free.
A fantastic and undemanding plant.
Where to use in the garden
Bergenia are a wise choice for planting under trees and shrubs; in dry shade or deeply shaded gardens; on banks and slopes that need a binding groundcover; as an evergreen edge for a shaded garden or path; and gravel gardens.
They are a traditional choice for decorative pots and urns because of their tough health, interest all year round, and lush look despite poor conditions.
They look marvellous mixed with hostas as foliage contrast.
Lovely in garden & vase
Both the showy flower heads, and the beautiful leaves, make excellent cut flowers for vases indoors.
– Height with flowers: 25cm.
– Width: 60cm.
– Position: Part Shade to Full Shade is best. However they are tough enough to grown in Sun, though the leaves will not be as large or lush, and may scorch. They will put up a very creditable performance planted almost anywhere, including Dry Shade.
Tolerates periods of dry
– Soil: They accept a wide range of soils, from sandy to clay, with pH from acid to alkaline lime. But will perform best in humus rich soil with average, normal moisture. They are not thirsty plants and can also tolerate periods of dry very well. This is because they have such fleshy, robust root systems which store water and nutrients effectively.
– Fragrance: None, although the abundant show makes up for this!
– Frost: Very frost hardy and resilient. The cold temperatures and poor soil brings out even better winter colour.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: The masses of early season flowers are a big help to bees and also butterflies. These blooms are rich in both nectar and pollen.
– Care: A hardy and easy option, they are very low maintenance
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Bergenia foliage is leathery and unpalatable. As a result they are not attractive to rabbits or deer,
A bit of History
– Origin: Bergenia hail from the east, from central Asia, Afghanistan and China, where they grow in woodlands and rocky outcrops.
– Myths & Legends: Bergenia has acquired many common names, but one of the most unusual must surely be “Pig Squeak”, because of the noise produced when you rub a leaf between thumb and finger. Kids love trying this out.
Other common names include “Elephant’s Ears” – which refers to the shape of the leaves; and “Red Hearts” – this refers to the vivid winter colours of the leaves.
The Bergenia genus is named after German botanist and physician Karl August von Bergen who was a great plant collector and author.