Eden's Dark Margin, a shade loving perennial
I had to do some searching to get the name of this plant. The nursery owner thought it was a Bergenia Cordiflora. The leaves are a deep purple rather eggplant hue. She tola me that it would do well in shade and is also easy to care for. Now I find out it has big violet blossoms in the spring, so I'm very hopeful this will thrive in the partial shade along with the Hosta.
What I've learned is that Bergenia are incredibly hardy, and reliably evergreen throughout nearly the entire continent. Eden's Dark Margin forms a mound of large, leathery green leaves with pencil-line red edges, turning deep maroon during winter. Short stems of magenta-purple flowers rise above the foliage in mid spring. It seems perfect for edging along the house or massing as a groundcover. They say Bergenia sometimes look a little beaten up by winter. This one certainly does, but I love the purple leaves and best of all, the name! Eden's Dark Margin! Wow! I guess paradise had a shadow side and this is what would grow there!
At Heart Leaf Perennial - Bergenia Cordiflora
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at February 7, 2011 7:35 AM