Bergenia

noun Ber·ge·nia \ (ˌ)bər-ˈgē-nē-ə , -nyə \

Definition of Bergenia

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 plural bergenia or bergenias bergenia :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 TorpeyDenver Post30 May 2008

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Origin and Etymology of bergenia

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


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