Bergenia

noun

Ber·​ge·​nia
(ˌ)bər-ˈgē-nē-ə,
-nyə
1
: a genus of perennial spring-blooming herbs (family Saxifragaceae) native to central and eastern Asia that have large thick rootstocks which produce typical colonies or clumps of plants with very thick heavy leaves
2
bergenia plural bergenia or bergenias : any plant of the genus Bergenia
Foliage accents include clumps of big-leafed bergenias, moved in from an inauspicious spot in front of the house.Valerie Sudol, Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), 13 May 2010
The foliage of bergenia isn't as large as hosta, but the plants feature clusters of bell-shaped flowers from white to different shades of pink.Jodi Torpey, Denver Post, 30 May 2008

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Karl A. von Bergen †1760 German physician and botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Bergenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bergenia. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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