Rammed Bergenia (Bergenia Cordifolia), Cobbler Plant

Rammed bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia), cobbler plant

Bergenia cordifolia is a perennial plant that forms a tuft, and serves as a groundcover. The foliage is persistent and tough. It has short, thick rhizomes and leaves up to 30 cm, rounded, cordate, sometimes wrinkled, medium to dark green, tinged with purple under cold winter conditions. Indeed, it can withstand -35° C as 40° C!

In February and March, small pale pink to pale pink flowers, not exceeding 3 cm in diameter, appear on top of red stems.

A heart-shaped leaf is a heart-shaped leaf, which explains the name of "cordifolia". Also, the components of the plant were used, formerly, cobbler tannait the skins.

  • Family: Saxifragaceae
  • Type: perennial
  • Origin: Central Asia, Siberia
  • Color: pink flowers
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: yes
  • Planting: spring or autumn
  • Flowering: February and March
  • Height: 60 cm

Ideal soil and exposure to plant a cordial bergénie

It is grown in a rich and fresh soil, half shade or shade.

Date of sowing, division and planting of Bergenia cordifolia

It is in spring that you will sow the cordial bergénie but it is better to divide a tuft or to make a cut of rhizome in the spring or the autumn. It is also at these seasons that the plantation can be done.

Advice of care and culture of Bergenia cordifolia

Remove faded flowers and damaged leaves.

Diseases, pests and parasites of Bergenia cordifolia

Slugs and snails, even caterpillars, can nibble Bergenia cordifolia while white cockroach grubs attack rhizomes.

Location and favorable association of Bergenia cordifolia

It is a plant that is grown in shady beds or rock gardens, at the edge of a lake and in the undergrowth.

Bergenia cordifolia comes in many cultivars like for example Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea' with purple magenta flowers and red leaves.

There are a dozen species of Bergenia among which Bergenia ciliata with pink or white flowers, Bergenia crassifolia with smaller leaves, Bergenia purpurascens, Bergenia stracheyi with hairy leaves on the edges...

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