Bergenia cordifolia

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Heartleaf Bergenia, Pigsqueak

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Bergenia gives a wonderful textural difference to the lightly shaded garden.
The big glossy, rounded, heart-shaped leaves contrast nicely with other shade loving perennials. Rose-pink flowers bloom early. Fall foliage color is an added bonus!

Height

10-15 Inches

Spread

12-14 Inches

Color

Pink/Red

Interesting Notes

Acquired the common name, 'Pigsqeak' for the unusual sound made when a leaf is rubbed briskly between thumb and forefinger.

Bloom Time

April

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Can be used as a ground cover, edging along borders and pathways, in rock gardens or in a mass under trees and shrubs. Bergenias are happiest in moist, humus-rich soil.

When to Divide

early spring

Good Companions

Serbian Bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana), Variegated Japanese Sedge (Carex oshimensis), Barrenwort (Epimedium versicolor), Leatherwood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis), Plantain Lily (Hosta ), Hellebore (Helleborus Winter Thrillers ), Canadian Columbine, Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Containers
Evergreen
Cut Flowers
Ground Cover
Exposure
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Spring
Fall
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
Very Adaptable
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