Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Bergenia ligulata (Wall.) Engl.

Marginally fully hardy perennial herb with somewhat heart-shaped, toothed leaves, and a forked panicle of very pale red, almost white, flowers in spring.  To 30cm.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘When this charming plant was first introduced to this country from Nepal by Dr. Wallich, great hopes were entertained that it would prove as easy of cultivation in our open borders as the nearly allied S. crassifolia.  But the great fickleness of our climate at the early season of its blossoming (January and February), renders it desirable that it should be treated as a hardy greenhouse plant, or the inmate of a cool frame.’  [BM t.3406/1836].  Introduced to Britain in 1821.  [PD].  LBC no.747/1823.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.212/1845].


Saxifraga ligulata Murr. (1781) = S. sarmentosa L. f., syn. S. stolonifera Meerb.

Published Feb 20, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Last updated Feb 14, 2010 - 01:46 PM

Illustrated are heart-shaped, toothed leaves, and a panicle of almost white flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3406, 1836.

Bergenia ligulata (Wall.) Engl. | BM t.3406/1836 | BHL

Family Saxifragaceae
Region of origin


  • Saxifraga ligulata Wall. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Saxifraga ligulata 

Confidence level high