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Bergenia crassifolia - Winter Blooming Bergenia
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrages)
Origin: Siberia (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Bergenia crassifolia (Winter Blooming Bergenia) - Evergreen perennial with large, green, leathery glossy leaves with red margins that rise from the center of a perennial clump to reach 1-2 feet tall. The rose-pink flowers clusters rise on short stout stalks among the foliage in mid-winter through early spring. Best when grown in light shade or cool sun in a well-drained soil with little to moderate watering. Hardy to about -20F. A great plant in the garden even when not it bloom as its large leaves makes it a very attractive groundcover. This plant is very similar to the later-blooming Bergenia cordifolia except for the bloom time and in that the flower clusters are held more erect with leaves that have more of a rippled, sparsely-toothed leaf margin. This long cultivated and hardy plant is native to central and eastern Asia from Siberia and the Altay Mountains in Russia south through northern Mongolia into China where is grows on rocky cliffs between 3,600 to 5,900 feet. The German botanist Konrad Moench named the genus to honor Karl August von Bergen an 18th century German physician and botanist. The specific epithet is from the Latin words 'crass' meaning "thick" and 'folia' meaning "leaves" in reference to the thicker leaves of this species. Other common names include Badan, Siberian Tea, Mongolian Tea, Leather Bergenia, Heartleaf Bergenia, Elephant's Ears and Pigsqueak.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bergenia crassifolia