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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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For more than 100 years Bergenia crassifolia has been used as a medicinal and ornamental plant.
In the leaves of Bergenia pacifica was found the largest amount as compared with other plant species of phytoliths of rounded shapes (Figure 8): "spherical"--about 20%, as "ellipsoid"--about 13%, and "parallelepipeds with rounded edges--about 9%".
and Long, Bergenia stracheyi Engl., Rosularia alpestris (Kar and Kir) Boriss., and so forth, where high pollen grain sterility have been observed.
Today it is known as Bergenia cordifolia, the heart-leafed plant.
This woodland setting is perfect for growing shade-loving and ground-hugging plants, such bergenia, heuchera, epimedium, hosta, lamium, tiarella, violets, lungwort and vinca or periwinkle.
Bergenia cordifolia With a bit of thought, there is a way of planting in parts of your garden that can result in both an attractive and practical solution to garden maintenance - it's called ground cover.
My parents had it in the garden Dig over well to aerate the soil Bergenia adds interest and colour to any border when I was a child and we used to love rubbing the leaves, which have a fantastic rubbery feel.
Depending on the aspect you can grow a whole tapestry of delights, try Heuchera, Sedum, Ajuga and Bergenia. An ornamental grass such as pheasant grass (Anemanthele Lessoniana) looks dramatic and adds movement and texture.
Bergenia, often called elephants ears, got a stuffy reputation from being overused in dowdy Victorian shrubberies.
Bergenia, often called elephant's ears, got themselves a stuffy reputation from being overused in dowdy Victorian shrubberies.