Heart Leaf Bergenia, Pig Squeak
Bergenia crassifolia syn. B. cordifolia
RED BEAUTY Bergenia
Brilliant, carmine-rose flowers on vigorous, low growing plants. Leaves are large, dark green, leathery, and glossy. From March to May graceful, nodding clusters of attractive flowers appear on strong, 12-18 inch stalks. Red Beauty Bergenia is a tough, easy to grow, evergreen perennial. Use as a ground cover, or to edge borders or paths. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Grows nicely with Marvelous Marble coral bells.
How to Plant Bergenia Seeds
Sow Bergenia seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70-75°F., germination is uneven over a period of 3-6 weeks. Transplant into the garden 18 inches apart.
Growing Bergenia: Plants prefer part sun in warm climates, full sun where summers are mild. Excellent ground cover and container plants. Bergenia tolerates poor soil, and little to moderate water. More flowers and better appearance in fertile soil with regular water. Bergenia is evergreen in all but coldest climates. Cut plants back once per year to keep growth neat and compact. Divide when clumps become crowded. Bergenia is rabbit and deer resistant plants.