Bergenia ciliata (Haw.) Sternb.

Leaves orbicular, deciduous, hairy, with densely hairy margins. Flowers erect to spreading, whitish at first, becoming pink and darkening with age; spring. Petals 1.1-1.8 cm long.

B. purpurascens (J.D. Hook. & Thomson) Engl. from the E Himalaya is occasionally cultivated. Flowers few, nodding, with large petals that are sometimes more than 2 cm long, leaves suffused with purple,margin teeth tipped with fine hair. Flowers dark pinkish red; late spring.

B. cordifolia (Haw.) Sternb. from Siberia and Mongolia has leaves more or less round, wavy-edged, and often with a blistered surface. The leaf stalks and flower heads are flushed red, the individual flowers numerous and the petals to 1.2 cm long, rounded and abruptly contracted at their base, pale to dark pink; spring.

B. ×schmidtii is often incorrectly listed under this name.


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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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     [Saxifraganae]
order      Saxifragales
family       Saxifragaceae
genus        Bergenia Moench