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Bergenia crassifolia - (L.)Fritsch.
                 
Common Name Siberian Tea
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats On shady north-facing rocks, stony slopes, rock streams and old moraines in the forest and alpine zones[74].
Range E. Asia - N.W. China to Siberia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Bergenia crassifolia Siberian Tea


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Physical Characteristics
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Bergenia crassifolia is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Mar to April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms
B. bifolia. Saxifraga crassifolia.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The leaves are used as a tea substitute[2, 61, 105, 177, 183].
Medicinal Uses


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Antidiarrhoeal;  Antirheumatic;  TB.

None known
Other Uses
Tannin.

A useful ground cover plant[188], though rather slow to spread[197]. It forms a clump[208]. Tannin is obtained from the bark[61]. The roots contain 15 - 22% tannin, exceptionally 26%[223]. The leaves and stems contain 17 - 25% tannin[223].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in full sun or light shade in most soils[134, 200] but prefers a deep fertile soil that does not dry out fully[134]. Established plants are drought tolerant according to another report[190]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Plants are at their best in a medium-heavy soil[208]. Requires a position sheltered from cold drying winds and from the early morning sun. The leaf colour is best when plants are grown in a poor soil in a sunny position[188]. A very ornamental plant, it is hardy to about -20°c[187]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. The different species of this genus will hybridise freely when grown near each other[233].
Propagation
Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse. Make sure that the compost does not dry out. Two weeks cold stratification can speed up germination which usually takes 1 - 6 months at 15°c[134]. Fresh seed, sown as soon as it is ripe in late spring is liable to germinate better than stored seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in late spring after flowering[188] or in autumn[200]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Bergenia ciliata 12
Bergenia cordifoliaSiberian-tea, Pigsqueak, Heartleaf Bergenia00
Bergenia purpurascens 02
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