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Bergenia is an easy-to-grow clump-forming perennial primarily grown as ground cover or as edging for walkways. This plant’s foliage appears as large rosettes of glossy, leathery, gently toothed dark-green leaves that are heart-shape at the base. When you rub these large leaves together, they sound like of a squeaking pig—hence the common name “pig squeak.” Deep-pink flowers are borne from April to May. The 10x8-inch leaves are often used in floral arrangements.
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Part Sun, Shade
From 6 inches to 3 feet
From 12 to 18 inches
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Fall's cooler nights prompt bergenia's foliage to take on a striking purple-bronze color. During winter, the evergreen foliage becomes more intensely burgundy, and in milder winters can look good year 'round. In April small dark-pink flowers bloom on the plant in dense loose branching clusters (panicles) on thick stems.
Bergenia Care Must-Knows
Bergenia tolerates a wide range of lighting conditions, but part shade to full shade suit it best. Although this evergreen perennial grows well in average, well-drained soil, moist humus-rich soil provides maximum growth and bloom power. Once established, bergenia is drought-tolerant, but appreciates supplemental watering during extended dry spells. Bergenia is usually problem- and pest-free, but keep an eye out for slug damage.
This perennial is considered evergreen in the South, while in more northern states it may suffer winter damage. Protect this plant in from strong, cold winter winds to prevent its evergreen leaves from losing moisture (desiccating). Remove any damaged foliage and spent flowering stems in late winter or early spring, but leave living foliage alone.
Since this plant grows slowly via creeping rhizomes, division is not often needed. You may want to divide them every 3-5 years, though, to help them regain vitality. If a plant begins to die out in the center, it's time to divide.