One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen Asian plant with large, thick leaves and typically pink, red, or purple flowers.
Genus Bergenia, family Saxifragaceae
- ‘However, February is quite early for bergenias to flower, their blooming period is usually between March and May, so I remain optimistic that mine will prove their worth this year.’
- ‘Three plants which make an exciting selection for spring colour are aubrietia, pulsatilla and bergenia.’
- ‘There are plump, pink buds on the bergenias, and small, white flowers coming on the pulmonarias.’
- ‘If you have little time, choose easy-care plants such as bergenia, skimmia and Viburnum davidii and avoid annuals and bedding plants that need regular watering and feeding.’
- ‘Splashes of yellow and pink are supplied by clumps of daffodils and bergenia.’
Modern Latin, named after Karl A. von Bergen (1704–60), German botanist and physician.
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