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Bongardia chrysogonum is the one species in the genus. It is a member of the Berberis family and named after the German botanist H.G. Bongard. It is native to Greece, Turkey and through the Middle East to Pakistan and its tubers and leaves are used for both nutrition and health. It needs a sandy soil and good drainage, with protection at all times from excessive wet otherwise the corky, rounded tuber will rot. The leaves grow from the tuber, not the stem, and carry soft grey green leaflets with brown red spots at the base, arranged round the stem. The 5-petalled golden-yellow flowers are hermaphrodites, with both male and female organs, and are carried in a loosely-branched inflorescence, about 9" (22cm) high. They are followed by inflated bladder like fruits. It should be planted in sharply drained soil in full sun, as it can survive extensive drought, but not excessive wet. It grows slowly and can be very long lived.
Bongardia chrysogonum bulbs should be planted 4-6" (10-15cm) deep in sharply drained soil in full sun, as it can easily survive drought, but not excessive wet.