Bergenia crassifolia * Winter Blooming Bergenia
Bergenia crassifolia has big cabbage-like leaves. The leaves will get a hint of red if they are drought stressed or cold. Then for a bonus Winter Blooming Bergenia blooms when most everything else is still languishing under the effects of winter. Bergenia crassifolia grows best in light shade and can get along with very little supplimental water. I have seen Winter Blooming Bergenia perform admirably with no additional water in the shade of oak trees near the coast. The leaves grow to 6" and the flowers to 8-10". It slowly spreads by surface runners.
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