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Elephants Ears Care Guide

Elephants Ears Care Guide

Whether you're just starting out or an experienced gardener, our essential care guide will help you grow your beautiful Elephants Ears in your garden.

Elephant Ears stay green all year and grows to 30-50cm tall with purple-pink flowers in spring. It has red stems, bronze-green leaves that turn red in winter, and is good for producing flowers and resistant to frost.


  • Shrub, Evergreen
  • Suitable for small gardens
  • Autumn colour
  • Dramatic foliage
  • Safe for children
  • Avoid if you have pets

Botanical name

Bergenia Eroica

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Where to plant

Choosing the right spot is important for your Elephants Ears to thrive with the right amount of space and sun.

Plant gift


Prepare your new Elephants Ears

Unpack your gift as soon as you can, it might be thirsty for some water (if the soils dry) and will be missing the light!

Planting a gift


Give it space and room to grow

When considering a spot for your plant, choose somewhere that is at least an inch wider than the pot all the way round. 

In a few years, your Elephants Ears can grow up to 30cm height and 45cm spread.

Sun for plants


Give it some sun

Your Elephants Ears loves to be North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing and with Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade, full shade.

Plants that like the sun will enjoy sunny areas that warm up during the day. Southern facing gardens receive the most sun, and will suit plants that won’t frazzle in the heat. You can work out which way your garden faces with a compass (there’s one on your phone) which will point towards North.

Soil types

Step 4

Check your soil

Soil type differs from garden to garden. Your Elephants Ears will be happiest if your soil is like any of these:

Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline / acidic

The texture and consistence of your soil is important also as it will determine the level of nutrition and drainage. If you think your soil might be the wrong type for your Elephants Ears, you could plant it in a pot or container instead!

Plant border

Step 5

Position in border

Picking the right spot to plant in a border affects how well Elephants Ears will grow and how the border will look overall.

Your Elephants Ears will be best Front

Care for your Elephants Ears

By following these care tips, your Bergenia will thrive and provide you with beautiful and large glossy leaves, and colorful flowers all season long.

  • Watering

    Bergenia is drought-tolerant, but it does require regular watering during dry periods. Be sure not to over-water, as this can lead to root rot.

    Learn: Watering plants 
  • Pruning

    Prune Bergenia in late fall or early spring to remove any damaged or diseased foliage. Cut the leaves back to the base of the plant to promote new growth.

    Learn: Pruning 
  • Fertillising

    Bergenia benefits from occasional fertilization during the growing season. Use a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or a slow-release fertilizer.

    Learn: Fertillising 
  • Pests & Diseases

    Bergenia is generally pest and disease-free. However, watch out for slugs and snails, which can be controlled by using slug bait or copper wire.

    Learn: Protect from bugs 
  • Protect

    Bergenia is frost-hardy, so it does not need protection during cold weather.

    Learn: Protect 
  • Need some help?

    Our Little Eden essentials course gives you all the basic skills you need to help your new plant thrive.

    Little Eden Essentials 

Your Elephants Ears Calendar

Our handy calendar helps you work out your planting and pruning seasons for your Elephants Ears.

  • Jan

  • Feb

  • Mar


  • Apr

    Flowers, Divide

  • May

    Plant, Flowers, Divide

  • Jun

    Plant, Prune

  • Jul


  • Aug


  • Sep

    Plant, Divide

  • Oct


  • Nov


  • Dec

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Ask us any question about your Elephants Ears and we'll be happy to help.

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