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Bergenia crassifolia
Bergenia crassifolia
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Bergenia crassifolia

Early Bergenia

USDA Zone: 2-9

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.

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Bergenia crassifolia

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
Care Level
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
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
   30-60 cm
   12-23 inches
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate