The Heart-Leaved Bergenia (Bergenia crassifolia) is a rhizomatous flowering plant in the Saxifragaceae family. It is also known as the Winter-Blooming Bergenia, Mongolian Tea, or Elephant’s Ears.
It is native to Siberia and Mongolia.
The Heart-Leaved Bergenia grows to 30 centimetres (12 inches) tall. Its leaves are rosettes and change colour from rust-brown to rust-red.
The rhizome is thick, creeping and fleshy, measuring 3-4 centimetres (one to 1.5 inches) in diameter. Its stem is pink-red and about 15-50 centimetres (6-20 inches) tall.
Its flowers are small at about one centimetre in size (one third of an inch). It blooms in late spring and early summer.
Photographed in the Botanical Garden, Paris, April 2021.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls