Bergenia Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly' is characterized by glossy, rounded leaves that resemble those of a large, thick cabbage. The foliage often takes on a deep, purplish hue, especially in colder temperatures, which adds to the plant's ornamental value. In the spring, clusters of vibrant, bell-shaped pink flowers bloom atop sturdy stalks that rise above the foliage, creating a striking contrast against the dark leaves. The blooms have a delicate, almost translucent quality that is reminiscent of the wings of a dragonfly, hence the name 'Pink Dragonfly'. The plant has a clumping growth habit, forming dense mats that can serve as excellent ground cover, and tends to be evergreen, adding year-round interest to garden spaces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pigsqueak, Elephant's Ears, Heartleaf Bergenia, Leather Bergenia

    • Common names

      Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly', also known simply as Bergenia, is not commonly listed as a toxic plant to humans. However, as with any plant not typically meant for consumption, individuals may experience mild discomfort or an allergic reaction if any part is ingested. It is always recommended to exercise caution and prevent children from eating plants that are not known to be safe.

    • To pets

      Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly', known to pet owners as Bergenia, is not typically considered toxic to cats and dogs. However, ingestion can sometimes cause mild upset in pets, such as vomiting or diarrhea, due to the plant material being non-digestible. Monitoring pets around this plant is advisable to prevent any gastrointestinal discomfort.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet (0.3 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive foliage: Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly' has glossy, leathery leaves that add texture to the garden.
    • Seasonal interest: It produces pink flowers that add a splash of color in spring.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, it has low water requirements, making it suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Cold hardy: This plant is tolerant of cold temperatures, making it a good choice for gardens in cooler climates.
    • Low maintenance: It requires minimal care, making it ideal for busy gardeners or those looking for an easy-to-care-for plant.
    • Ground cover: Its dense growth habit makes it useful for covering bare spots in the garden and suppressing weeds.
    • Pollinator-friendly: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, helping to pollinate the garden.
    • Deer and rabbit resistant: It is not a preferred choice for deer and rabbits, which can protect the plant from browsing animals.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Bergenia leaves can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of colors from greens to browns depending on the mordant used.
    • The large leaves of Bergenia can serve as impromptu waterproof wrappers or makeshift cups for outdoor activities.
    • Crushed Bergenia leaves can be rubbed onto the skin as an insect repellent thanks to their pungent smell, though effectiveness varies.
    • The plant's leathery leaves can be used in crafts for decorative purposes, such as creating botanical prints or inclusions in papermaking.
    • Bergenia leaves are sometimes incorporated into floral arrangements for added texture and as a lasting green backdrop due to their durability.
    • Gardeners can use Bergenia as a living mulch to suppress weeds and retain soil moisture in garden beds.
    • Dried Bergenia leaves can be used as bookmarks, offering a unique and botanical touch to the reading experience.
    • The thick, rubbery leaves can be used as natural pot scrubbers for gently cleaning surfaces without scratching.
    • Bergenia's dense foliage provides shelter for beneficial garden insects, including spiders and ground beetles.
    • In colder climates, Bergenia is sometimes planted over spring bulbs to provide winter insulation and protect them from freezing.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Bergenia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Bergenia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability - Bergenia, also known as Elephant's Ears due to its large leaves, is known for its ability to adapt to various growing conditions, symbolizing flexibility and resilience in life.
    • Endurance - With its robust nature and evergreen leaves, Elephant's Ears signify the ability to endure and persist through challenging times.
    • Protection - The sturdy leaves of the Elephant's Ears can be seen as a symbol of shelter and protection, offering a safe haven against adversity.
    • Transformation - The 'Pink Dragonfly' variety, with its bright pink blooms, suggests a theme of transformation and the beauty that comes with change.
    • Heartfelt Emotions - The heart-shaped leaves and vibrant pink flowers are often associated with deep affection and love, symbolizing emotional depth and compassion.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Elephant's Ears should be watered deeply until water runs through the drainage holes when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch--typically this will be about every 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the climate and indoor conditions. During the growing season, in spring and summer, they may need water more frequently. In winter, reduce watering slightly but do not let the soil dry out completely. Generally, a rough estimate is to add water equivalent to 1/3 of the pot's volume every time you water.

  • sunLight

    Elephant's Ears prefer bright, indirect light to thrive, and should be placed in a location that receives dappled sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause stunted growth and fewer blooms. East or west-facing windowsills are ideal spots as they provide moderate light without the harsh intensity of the midday sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Elephant's Ears do best in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, though they can tolerate a range from 30 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing the plant in areas with cold drafts or near heating vents, as extreme temperature fluctuations can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Elephant's Ears is necessary to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to encourage fuller growth; it should be done as needed throughout the year. The best time to prune is in spring before new growth starts, which allows the plant to direct its energy to healthy leaves. Use clean, sharp shears for pruning to ensure clean cuts.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly', commonly known as Bergenia or Pigsqueak, the best soil mix is well-draining, with a slight acidic to neutral pH of 5.8 to 7.2. A mixture of loam, organic compost, and sand or perlite works well to ensure proper drainage and fertility. Mulching can help to maintain moisture levels and soil temperature.

  • plantRepotting

    Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly' doesn’t require frequent repotting. It should be repotted every 3 to 5 years or when it outgrows its container. Spring is the best time to repot, enabling the plant to establish in its new pot before the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly' tolerates a wide range of humidity levels and does well in the typical humidity found in outdoor garden settings without special adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure pot has good drainage.

    • Outdoor

      Choose part-shade location; shelter from extreme weather.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly', commonly known as Elephant's Ears, starts its life cycle when the seeds germinate in spring or when new shoots arise from its rhizomatous root system. The plant then develops a rosette of large, leathery leaves that grow close to the ground. During spring to early summer, elephant's ears produce tall flower stalks bearing clusters of pretty pink flowers that attract pollinators. After blooming, the flowers fade, and if pollinated, will set seed which can disperse to propagate a new generation. Throughout the growing season, the foliage provides ongoing interest and in autumn, the leaves may turn attractive shades of red and brown before dying back. The plant enters a dormant phase in winter where the leaves may die back to the ground, especially in colder climates, but the rhizomes remain alive under the soil, ready to regrow when temperatures rise in the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: The Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly', commonly known as Pink Dragonfly Bergenia, is most commonly propagated by division. This process is best done in the early spring or fall when the plant is not in active growth. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the entire clump of the plant and gently separate it into smaller sections, ensuring that each new section has a piece of the root system attached. These sections can then be immediately replanted in a prepared area with well-draining soil. It's important to water the new plants thoroughly after planting to help establish them. This method allows gardeners to quickly and effectively increase their stock of Pink Dragonfly Bergenia while maintaining the plant's characteristics.