Common Name Bergenia, Elephant-eared Saxifrage
Genus  Bergenia 
Species hybrid 
Family Saxifragaceae
Life Cycle  Perennial 
Tray Size  32
Plug Care Harden off and plant out or bump up into large pots soon after receiving plugs. When planting out be sure you to not bury the crowns. Plant the plugs so that the top of the growing medium is level with the soil.
Netting / Staking Not necessary.
Temperature Range Hardiness Zones 4-9
Spacing 12"
Soil Preference Needs good soil porosity, otherwise very tolerant. Let dry moderately between waterings. 
Day Length Long-day plants. Plant in full sun to part shade. 
Pinching Do not pinch. 
When to Plant Plant in the spring after last frost, or anytime through to the end of summer. Plants need some time to become established before the onset of winter weather. 
Harvesting Harvest when 1/3 of the flowers on the stem are open. 
Post Harvest Care Cut stems should immediately placed into cool water. Expect a vase life of 1-2 weeks, use a floral preservative to maximize vase life. 
Diseases / Insects Plants seldom succumb to diseases. Watch for slugs which seem to enjoy the fleshy leaves. 
Bailey's Notes Bergenia have been grown for centuries as a bedding plant. Tanks to Terra Nova, we have a long stemmed variety that not only looks incredible in the garden, but also in the vase. 'Spring Fling' is not only very floriferous, the foliage turns a satiny purple-black in the winter for extra interest. 
Resources Growing Bergenia