Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’

14 Mar

Bergenia 'Silberlicht' flower (13/03/2011, London)

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ flower (13/03/2011, London)

Position: Full sun to shade

Soil: Moist but well drained

Flowering period: Spring

Eventual Height: 45cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Saxifragaceae

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ is an evergreen clump forming perennial. Its mid green waxy leaves are broadly obovate with shallowly scalloped margins, up to 15cm long and 15cm across. In spring it bears white flowers above its leaves that age to pink and have pink sepals.

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’, commonly known as Elephant’s Ears, is the result of a cross between Bergenia cordifolia and Bergenia crassifolia. Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ is synonymous with Bergenia ‘Silver Light’ and Bergenia hybrida ‘Silberlicht’.

The etymological root of the binomial name Bergenia was named for Karl August von Bergen, 18th century German physician and botanist by Conrad Moench Professor of Botany at the Marburg University from 1786 until his death in 1805. We are unclear as to the origin of ‘Silberlicht’

Bergenia 'Silberlicht' (13/03/2011, London)

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ (13/03/2011, London)

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ is useful for landscape architects as an effective ground cover is shady locations . The architectural habit of its evergreen leaves and early spring flowers all provide excellent interest.

Ecologically, Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ is of little wildlife benefits apart from providing shelter.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ prefers moist, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ needs little maintenance. As with most herbaceous plant material, when clumps become too large they should be divided, this should be carried out in autumn.

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