Bergenia is a genus of about 10 species of flowering plants native to Central Asia. This slow growing plant belongs to the Saxifragaceae family.
Bergenia forms clumps of large leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers. These plants are great for rock gardens, as well as for borders.
The genus name was given in honor of Karl August von Bergen (1704-1759), a German anatomist and botanist.
Bergenia symbolizes health and renewal.
Interesting facts about Bergenia:
Benefits and Uses
Bergenia is used in medicine for immune system therapy because of the chemical compound (bergenin and norbergenin) found in leaves and roots that helps regulate immune responses.
The plant is used to treat urinary problems, fevers, colds, coughs, hemorrhoids, diarrhea and to relieve earaches.
Bergenia comes in shades of red, pink, purple and white.
Spring, Winter, Summer
Members in this genus usually grow between 20 and 60 cm (8 inches to 2 ft) tall.
Bergenia prefers moist, but well drained soil. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions.