Bergenia – planting and care

Bergenian, is a beautiful flowering plant that is among the first to bloom when the rays of spring warm. This plant originates from Siberia and northern Russia Mongolia, which makes it one of the absolute strongest plants that we can find in our flower beds.

Scientific name (Latin): Bergenia crassifolia

Family: Saxifragaceae

Tips for growing bergenia

Bergenian is a very hardy perennial that can stand in very exposed environments, while at the same time not much is required for it to survive and thrive in terms of maintenance and care. It thrives in sunshine but also grows in shade.

Care bergenia

  •  Soil

           Regular potting soil is a good idea to give bergenia the best chance. 

  • Nutrition

It is not necessary to fertilize bergenia, but you give the plant better conditions.  

  • Watering

Watering must be done on a regular basis, especially when the bergenia is newly planted.

  • Winter cover

It can also be a good idea to cover the plants with a cloth during the winter to avoid possible winter damage. 

Safe beauty all year round with bergenia

This is one reason why bergenia is a popular plant in Swedish gardens, but precisely because it does not require much attention, it is also easy to forget about it and take it for granted. The most common varieties today have large green leaves that stay green all year round. The leaves grow large and can eventually cover the ground.


Bergenia blooms in the spring, sometime between April and June, and then a multitude of small, fine flowers are gathered on tall stems. Most often they are in the pink direction, but they can also go towards a purple color. There are also other types of bergenia that can get different colors, as well as the varieties that don’t grow as big. However, they all share the common characteristic of being very strong plants that can grow in the most inhospitable places.

Quick facts

  • Grows and thrives in harsh environments.
  • Blooms in Sweden between April and May.
  • The flower is about 30-40 cm high.
  • Very common ground cover in flower beds in Swedish gardens.
  • Thrives in the company of other plants.
  • Perennial.
  • Gets intensely red leaves in autumn.
  • Sometimes called winter leaves