Bergenia Moench

Commemorating Carl von Bergen (1704–59), German botanist.

Perennial rhizomatous herbs. Leaves alternate in a large basal rosette, leathery, waxy on the surface, margins entire, wavy and with extremely fine teeth, stalks widest at the base and forming a sheath. Flowers in clusters. Sepals fused, cup-like, with nectar in the base. Stamens 10. Carpels 2, united at the base. Fruit a capsule, splitting at the tip.

Grown for the bold, mostly evergreen foliage and attractive pink flower clusters.The species exhibit a range of flowering times.

Several species are currently incorrectly named and the commonly grown B. ×schmidtii is quite variable.

6-7 temperate to tropical E Asian species.

Division or seed.

Some species have medicinal properties and have also been used as a source of tannin.

Flowers perigynous; carpels more or less free from one another and the perigynous zone.

Yeo (1966, 1971). Cultivars: Yeo (1971).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Saxifragaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Hybrid cultivars

Bergenia 'Abendglut'

Leaves with enhanced maroon colourings in winter, plum red below. Flowers deep magenta and mostly semi-double on short stems. Raised g. Arends in 1950. ['Evening Glow']

Bergenia 'Bressinghamwhite'

White-flowered plant released by Alan Bloom, uk.

Bergenia 'Pink Delight'

Name and plant origin unlocated. Possibly a name of no botanical standing.

Bergenia 'Silberlicht'

Flowers pure white, becoming pinkish with age. Raised g. Arends, 1950. ['Silver Light'

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Saxifragaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Bergenia ciliata (Haw.) Sternb.