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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The flowers are boiled and then pickled[1].
There are no edible uses listed for Bergenia ciliata.

Material uses

The root contains 14 - 16% tannin[1]. A good ground cover plant[2], forming a slowly spreading clump[3][4].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

A juice or powder of the whole plant is used to treat urinary troubles in Nepal[1].

The juice of the leaves is used as drops to relieve earaches[1].

The root is used as a tonic in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea and pulmonary affections[5][6][7]. The root juice is used to treat coughs and colds, haemorrhoids, asthma and urinary problems[1]. Externally, the root is bruised and applied as a poultice to boils and ophthalmia, it is also considered helpful in relieving backache[7][1]. The root of this plant has a high reputation in indigenous systems of medicine for dissolving stones in the kidneys[6].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

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[8]. 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[2] or in autumn[9]. 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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Cultivation

Succeeds in full sun or light shade in most soils[9] but prefers a deep fertile soil that does not dry out fully[8]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Plants are at their best in a medium-heavy soil[3]. Succeeds in shade or semi-shade-[10]. The leaf colour is best when plants are grown in a poor soil in a sunny position[2]. Dislikes cold winds[11].

The plant is hardy to about -20°c, but the flowers and young leaves are rather sensitive to frost[10] so it is best to choose a position with shade from the early morning sun. This species is only hardy in sheltered gardens of south and west Britain[3]. If the leaves are cut back by frost then they are soon replaced by fresh leaves in the spring[2]. The roots of this plant are commonly collected from the wild for medicinal purposes. Overcollection in many areas of its range are a cause for conservation concern[1]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[4].

The different species of this genus will hybridise freely when grown near each other[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Bergenia ciliata. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Bergenia ciliata.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Bergenia ciliata
Genus
Bergenia
Family
Saxifragaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

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    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.2 Medicinal Plants of Nepal Dept. of Medicinal Plants. Nepal. (1993-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 2. Thompson and Morgan. (1988-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.19.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    11. ? Royal Horticultural Society. Ground Cover Plants. Cassells. ISBN 0-304-31089-1 (1989-00-00)

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