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Bergenia crassifolia


Early Bergenia

USDA Zone: 0-0

Plant number: 1.105.040


Bergenia are incredibly hardy, and reliably evergreen throughout nearly the entire continent. This species is native to central and eastern Asia from Siberia and the Altay Mountains in Russia south through northern Mongolia into China where it grows on rocky cliffs some 5,000 feet high. The name comes from the Latin words “crass” which means “thick” and “folia” meaning “leaves” in reference to its thick leaves. The plant forms a low mound of bold, leathery, spoon-shaped green leaves, which often turn bronze during winter, especially in colder regions. Short stems of magenta-pink flowers rise taller in early to mid spring, much earlier than other forms. In mild regions this may well flower in winter. The winter leaves are a valuable addition to cut flower bouquets. Most effective when mass planted as a groundcover or used as an edging along a walkway. Lovely cut flower. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, in both sun or part shade. Easily divided in spring or early fall.

Further details for
Bergenia crassifolia


Optimal Growing
Conditions
Appearance and
Characteristics
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
  Clay
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
  Moist
Care Level
  Easy
Flower Colour
  Deep Pink
Blooming Time
  Early Spring
  Mid Spring
  Mid Winter
  Late Winter
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Edging
  Rabbit Resistant
  Evergreen
  Ground Cover
  Massed
  Waterside
  Woodland
Flower Head Size
  Large
Height
   30-60 cm
   12-23 inches
Spread
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium


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