Heartleaf Bergenia, Pigsqueak
Bergenia cordifolia 'Rotblum'

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bergenia (ber-GEN-ee-a) (Info)
Species: cordifolia (kor-di-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rotblum
Additional cultivar information:(aka Red Bloom)
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Plainwell, Michigan

Bucyrus, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Provo, Utah

Herndon, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Apr 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a beautiful plant where well grown.

I have seen many in this area, and most do not thrive. It has never thrived for me. In my experience, it seems to lack vigor in this climate (Boston Z6a).

This is grown for its evergreen foliage, which turns an attractive bronze/burgundy in cold weather, but winter damage to the leaves is considerable in most winters, spoiling the appearance even as far south as Z7.

I also rarely see plants without many disfiguring notches eaten from the edges of the leaves. I suspect black vine weevil is the culprit, and that it's in the pots at the nurseries. (Slugs and snails might be the cause, too.) Perhaps this, not climate, is the reason this plant usually fails to thrive here.

Called pigsqueak be... read more

Positive

On Nov 23, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I think the blooms on the plant are the most beautiful of all of the Bergenias. In my experience, they will only bloom when grown in a more shady area.

Neutral

On Jun 18, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I really love the flowers on this plant.... However I can only see them on the tag!!! I cannot get the plant to blossom. I have moved it several times...