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The glossy green leaves of bergenia look outstanding all year long. In fall they take on a magnificent reddish-bronze hue. The thick, leathery foliage squeaks when rubbed between your fingers, giving this plant the other common name of pigsqueak.
The pink, rose, or white blooms that appear on sturdy stalks in spring are just a bonus compared to the usefulness of the foliage. Not surprisingly, this is often used as groundcover. In cold regions, the semievergreen leaves are often damaged by spring frosts and can take much of the spring to recover.
Geranium makes a wonderful companion for bergenia in partial shade. Its lavender-blue to magenta flowers pick up on colors in bergenia.Lady's mantle
Mounds of chartreuse blooms on bluish-green foliage make lady's mantle a great partner for bergenia.Lungwort
The silver-splashed leaves of lungwort team well with glossy green bergenia. Its flower color range is similar to that of bergenia, too.