San Marcos Growers LogoSan Marcos Growers
New User
Wholesale Login
Enter Password
Home Products Purchase Gardens About Us Resources Contact Us
Nursery Closure
Search Utilities
Plant Database
Search Plant Name
Detail Search Avanced Search Go Button
Search by size, origins,
details, cultural needs
Website Search Search Website GO button
Search for any word
Site Map
Retail Locator
Plant Listings


  for MAY

Natives at San Marcos Growers
Succulents at San Marcos Growers
 Weather Station

Products > Bergenia crassifolia
Bergenia crassifolia - Winter Blooming Bergenia
Image of Bergenia crassifolia
[2nd Image]
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 information about Bergenia crassifolia displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.