Bergenia have tough, thick rhizomes with leathery, glossy green rosettes—with autumn color—of alternate, simple, obovate leaves. Blooms are produced in loose clusters in spring. Grow in a woodland garden or use as a groundcover.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThick rhizomes and distinctive rosettes of leathery leaves topped with pink-red flowers on fleshy red or purple stalks.
CareGrow in rich, moist soil in sun to part shade. Dislikes extremes of heat or drought, but will tolerate poor soil. Mulch in autumn to protect early spring flowers from frost.
PropagationDivide clumps or root rhizomes in spring or autumn every 3 to 5 years. Root young rhizomes in sand or in soil.
ProblemsSometimes affected by fungal leaf spot and rhizome rot. Weevils, slugs, snails, caterpillars, and foliar nematodes.