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Bergenia ciliata (Fringed Bergenia)

Fringed Bergenia, Hairy Leaf Bergenia, Winter Begonia


Native to the Himalayas, Bergenia ciliata (Fringed Bergenia) is a large-leaved, slow-growing, clump-forming perennial. Born on stout stems in early spring, erect clusters of pale pink flowers with rose-pink calyces rise above attractive rosettes of thick, leathery, finely-toothed, fresh green leaves. The large, rounded leaves, 12 in. wide (30 cm), are covered on both sides with soft, downy hairs. Unlike most Bergenias, this species is deciduous and will die back for the winter. In mild winter areas, Fringed Bergenia makes a splendid container plant.

  • Grows up to 9-12 in. tall (22-30 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Easily grown in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils in sun or part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including poor soils. Some drought tolerance once established but performs best with consistent moisture. Soils should not be allowed to completely dry out.
  • Undemanding and virtually disease-free, this Bergenia is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, banks and slopes, underplanting of roses and shrubs, cottage gardens or city gardens
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Remove faded flower spikes
  • Propagate by division (spring or fall) or by seed

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Bergenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Bergenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Winter
Height 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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