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Heartleaf
Bergenia/
Pig Squeak

Bergenia

 

 


Description:

The shiny, evergreen, cabbage-like leaves of Bergenia have a unique leathery appearance that is really eye-catching. This plant gets its common name, "Pig Squeak", from the sound the leaf makes when rubbed between two fingers.   From early to late spring, bright red flowers appear in clusters on thick stems just above the foliage. These flowers and the leaves are both long-lasting when cut for bouquets.  During the fall and winter months, the leaves take on remarkable reddish-bronze hues which remain until spring when they turn back to green. Any tattered leaves can be removed at that time.

 

Common Name: Saxifraga, Heartleaf Bergenia, Pig Squeak
Botanical Name: Bergenia
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Performs best in rich, moisture-retentive soil.  It dislikes heavy soils and standing water.
Light Requirements: Thrives in almost any sunlight, but partial shade is best.
Attributes: Deer resistant, rabbit resistant, evergreen, ground cover, good edging plant, good rock garden plant
Pests: --
Diseases: --
Good Companion Plants: Aster, Blue Star, Columbine, Autumn Fern, Japanese Painted Fern, Forget-Me-Not, Hardy Geranium, Lungwort, Cushion Spurge, Starflower, Sweet Woodruff
Care: Propagate by division in early spring or by seed. Divisions should be replanted fairly deep into the soil. Fertilize with Plant-tone or a water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season (see water & fertilizer schedule)

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Bergenia 'Winter Glow' ('Winterglut')
Heartleaf Bergenia, Saxifraga
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Attractive cabbage-like foliage makes a very decorative ground cover, rockery plant or adds a lush element to the perennial border.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Green; colorful fall foliage
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 12"


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Bergenia x 'Rosi Klose'
Pig Squeak
zones 4-8
 
Description:  Clusters of rosy-pink flowers bloom heavily in spring and sporadic throughout summer. Thick, glossy evergreen cabbage-like foliage with burgundy fall, winter, and spring color. Plants prefer moist soil and partial shade. Use as a ground cover, along the edge of a border, or in rock gardens.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring
Foliage Color: Green; colorful fall foliage
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 12"
 

 


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