Common name: Frilly bergenia, Hairy bergenia, Winter begonia
Botanical name: Bergenia ciliata Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrages family)
Frilly Bergenia is a perennial herb with flowers white,
pink or purple, borne in a spreading or dense cluster, atop a up to 25 cm long
stem. It can be easily
identified by its large rounded basal leaves with untoothed bristly margins.
Flowers are 1.5-2.5 cm long, with 5 petals and long styles. Sepal cup is
hairless with blunt sepals. Leaves are ovate rounded, 5-15 cm at flowering,
but enlarging to 30 cm or more and turning bright red in autumn, carried on
a short stalk. Margins are fringed with long bristle-like hairs.
Frilly Bergenia is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SE Tibet, at
altitudes of 1800-4300 m. Flowering: March-July.
|Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand & Gangtok, Sikkim.|