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What is Bergenia?

Bergenia is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant native to the mountain regions of the Himalayas, Afghanistan and Tibet. It is a member of the Saxifragaceae family and is commonly known as Elephants Ears, Pig's Ears or Saxifrage. The plant has broad, glossy, dark green leaves that may be smooth or slightly fuzzy depending on the variety. The plant blooms in late spring or early summer with clusters of pink or purple flowers.


Where is Bergenia generally used?

Bergenia is commonly planted in shade gardens, rock gardens or borders. Its large evergreen foliage makes it an attractive addition to any outdoor space. It is also used as a groundcover, for slope stabilization, and as an edging material for flower beds.

Where is Bergenia found?

Bergenia is found in climates ranging from USDA hardiness zones 3-7 and prefers moist, well-draining soils. It is often found growing wild in mountains and can be cultivated in gardens all around the world.


What are the health benefits of Bergenia?

Bergenia is believed to have some medicinal qualities and is used in traditional Tibetan medicine. It has been used to treat digestive issues and stomach aches, and is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Additionally, the leaves and roots are used to make tinctures, ointments and teas for treating respiratory infections.


Interesting Facts about Bergenia

  • Bergenia is also known as "elephant's ears" due to the large, floppy leaves, which resemble those of an elephant.
  • The name "berge" is derived from the Greek word 'bergos', meaning mountain. 
  • Bergenia has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. 
  • The leaves and flower petals of Bergenia are edible.


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