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a genus of perennial grasses of the family Saxi-fragaceae.

The stem of Bergenia is shortened and has a fleshy rhizome. The leaves are large, leathery, and radical. On the flower stalk there are 20–40 red or white bell-shaped florets, most often in a corymbose cluster. There are 11 species of Bergenia, found primarily in Central and East Asia; four of these species are found in the USSR. The most important is Siberian tea (B. crassifolia), which is found in the mountainous regions of Eastern Siberia and in northern Mongolia, where it forms large fields in some places. Siberian tea has long been grown as a decorative plant. Bergenia has industrial value (it is used in tanning) and medicinal value. It is a source of tannin, gallic acid, arbutin, and other chemicals.


Borisova, A. G. “Badan (Bergenia Moench): ego sistematika i khoziaistvennoe znachenie.” Trudy Botanicheskogo in-ta AN SSSR Ser. 5. 1956, issue 4.


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Bergenias will tolerate any soil as long as they see the sun once in a while, which surprises me as this plant comes from a highly specialised environment in the Himalayas.
Bergenia purpurescens is definitely the one to go for, with upright narrow leaves rather than the usual Bergenia "Elephant's ears".
Bergenia crassifolia , with pale purple flowers and red foliage in winter.
The bed is planted with 1/2-inch-tall Sedum dasyphyllum (blue-green leaves), which will eventually fill in; in colder areas such as Denver, consider bergenia.
GIVE borders a boost by covering bare soil with coloured evergreens such as bronze-leaved bergenia or elephant ears and the gold-variegated varieties of euonymus, which take on rich reddish tones as the temperature drops.
I hope that your partner does not buy you a bergenia cordata for a present - the common name is Elephant Ears
Plant of the week: Bergenia COMMONLY known as elephant's ears, thanks to its large leaves, this is a valuable evergreen perennial.
Bergenia purpurescens holds its leaves upright in neat clumps.
Winter pansies are available in a host of wonderful hues, so is bergenia - a perennial plant nicknamed pigsqueak or elephant's ears - with large, rounded leaves tinted deep crimson in winter and pink or purple flower spikes in late winter and spring.
Select perennial plants that are known to thrive in dry shade such as hellebores, periwinkles, bergenia and bugle.
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