I only grow this evergreen perennial because it creates excellent low growing cover and hides the kitchen pipework in a north-facing bed beside the house.  I have never been a huge fan of its flowers, they seem rather incongruous to me – a blousy pink hyacinth-like bloom poking out from a sea of large, leathery leaves.

 

Bergenia-crassifolia

However, I remembered back to when the children picked some blooms for Mother’s Day one year and that they did look more appealing as a cut flower.

Bergenia-trio

When studied up-close they are really rather pretty, reminiscent of cherry blossom.

Bergenia-detail

Even indoors the colour is too ‘candy floss’ for my liking, but then I’m not a girly-pink kind of girl!

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