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PlantFiles: Siberian Tea, Winter-Blooming Bergenia
Bergenia crassifolia

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bergenia (ber-GEN-ee-a) (Info)
Species: crassifolia (krass-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Saxifraga crassifolia
Synonym:Bergenia bifolia

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive treehug On Oct 3, 2011, treehug from San Jose, CA wrote:

I love this plant. My mother in So. California gave me a few starts several years ago and I have it along my sunny driveway where it gets little water. I also have it in the shade of a red maple in the back garden, and along the lawn with morning sun. The snails hide in there but don't eat it. It is very versitile and I have given away numerous pieces. it is named for Mr. Bergen so is pronounced Ber-Gen-ia.

Positive suewylan On Aug 31, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Here at 3000 feet, Bergenia does very well and has filled out from 5-6 plants, given to me by a neighbor, to a 5 by 15 ft area partly sunny area. They bloom in January, even in the snow! The rest of the time the foiliage looks well, especially with a fair amount of water. Winter lows are 20 dgrees and summers are hot, 100 for a few weeks.

Positive valleylynn On Aug 31, 2009, valleylynn from Dallas, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has been a very hardy perenial here in zone 8. Drought tolerant but does not seem to mind our wet NW winters. Leaves get bigger as the plant matures. Mine blooms Spring & Fall. Does not seem to be bothered by pests, including slugs.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chula Vista, California
North Fork, California
San Jose, California
Tampa, Florida
Lake Park, Minnesota
Dallas, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington

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