Bergenia, Pigsqueak 'Bressingham Ruby'

Bergenia cordifolia

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: Bressingham Ruby
Additional cultivar information:(aka Ruby)
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Oakland, California

Littleton, Colorado

New Milford, Connecticut

Rexburg, Idaho

Saint Joseph, Illinois

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Camp Wood, Texas

Houston, Texas

Santaquin, Utah

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.

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On May 16, 2009, enyeholt from Village of Port Clements
Canada wrote:

I am trying this plant for the first time.
The Deer Resistance is appealing to me here on the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C. and the leaves are interesting in a perrenial bed. It needs to be reasonably tough to the wind also.


On Apr 12, 2008, shuggins from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

My mother has this plant in her beds. It stayed a nice evergreen all winter and is very attractive. Hasn't been through a summer yet, but I expect it will work out well.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 14"-Plant 12" apart. Zone 3-10. Large green leaves turn to maroon in autumn. Rosy red flowers in spring.