Garden flowers

Bergénia: the plant of cobblers


The bergénia offers a very beautiful flowering from winter and a great hardiness.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Bergenia
Family : Saxifragaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 30 to 40 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Flowering : December to April, depending on the species

Rock garden plant, border and flower bed par excellence, here are all the maintenance tips for good growth and flowering throughout the seasons.

Planting bergenia

Plant the bergenia in autumn for a flowering in winter or to spring.

It is also possible to plant in spring provided you water regularly at the beginning.

A situation sunny in winter is essential to see your bergenia bloom. But he will needshade in summer so the ideal situation is to put it at base of deciduous trees.

The bergénia is not afraid of cold and frost, which even reinforces the intensity of the color of its leaves.

  • You can mix your soil with a special planting soil to improve fertility and therefore flowering.
  • Be careful, however, with excessively rich soils which can alter flowering
  • Multplication by division of the tuft in March or April just after flowering.

Bergenia grows on a creeping rhizome, making it a plant that will tend to spread over the years.

Maintenance of the bergénia

Bergenia is very hardy since it withstands the coldest temperatures without any problem.

Maintaining bergenia is therefore relatively easy, making it an easy plant for all gardeners.

Once firmly in place, you can forget about it.

You can also :

  • Cut the wilted flowers as you go.
  • Remove the dried leaves at the foot of the plant.

If your bergénia does not bloom it is undoubtedly that it has too rich a soil and / or a lack of sun in winter.

  • If so, move your bergenia in the fall

Bergenia is very resistant to most diseases.

To know about the bergénia

Native to China and Afghanistan, it is one of the few plants that blooms from the month of December with an extension until the end of winter.

The plant that is also called bear ear or cobbler grass forms very beautiful wide and thick leaves with pretty pink flowers gathered in a bouquet.

Rich in tanning compounds, it is because cobblers used it to tan leather that it acquired its name of cobbler's grass.

Smart tip

This perennial is very rustic and requires almost no maintenance while guaranteeing a beautiful effect for your borders, your rockeries or your embankments!

Video: Bergenia crassifolia - Winter-Blooming Bergenia (October 2020).