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  • Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo' 1 Gallon
  • Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo' 1 Gallon

Bergenia ciliata 'Dumbo' 1 Gallon

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Large, elephant-ear sized hairy foliage and pink springtime flowers make this unique bergenia a standout in the shade garden.

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One of bergenia's common names is Pig Squeak, due to the sound made when the broad, wax-like leaves are rubbed between one's fingers. That isn't appropriate for 'Dumbo' bergenia because of its round, downy leaves that can grow up to 14 inches across, in fact, Dumbo-sized. Many sources say 'Dumbo' is fully deciduous, dying back in the winter and emerging in the spring. At The Garden Corner, we saw this variety's large leaves turn a dark red in the fall, fully expecting them to all wither in the cold. We were surprised to see 'Dumbo' maintain a small, low-growing cluster of much smaller leaves through freezing temps - possibly a fluke, but an impressive one. We love all the varieties of bergenia for shade gardens, but consider 'Dumbo' in a class of its own.

Common Name Pig Squeak
Mature Size 12" - 16" tall, 18" - 24" wide
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness -20 ° F
Characteristics Semi-evergreen to deciduous, deer- and rabbit-resistant
Light Shade to filtered shade
Structure Low growing mound
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Time Spring
Uses Shade gardens, woodland gardens, container planters, borders, mass plantings
Photos Real images, not stock photos
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