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Bergenia cordifolia 'Winter Glow'

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: Winter Glow
Additional cultivar information: (aka Winterglut)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 6, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great plant in sun or shade. Long lasting flowers almost don't look real. Blooms April-May in my garden.

Positive Caedi25 On Mar 8, 2010, Caedi25 from Kirkland, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Allowed myself the potentially too-early pleasure of planting three baby (4" pots) Winterglows about three weeks ago, and, despite a couple of "soft frosts," they have already leafed out and are beginning to push up blooms. Luscious stout foliage on healthy, hearty plants and an early pop of rosy color - Cannot believe it took me this long to acquire some of these. Am already scoping additional habitats in our yard for this plant and looking forward to that "ruby" foliage in winter.

Positive stormyla On Jan 3, 2010, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have these growing in 2 locations. The ones in shade bloom every year. The ones in sun never bloom. Their foliage is attractive in 3 seasons and they make an excellent front of the border plant. Very little maintenance required.

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

Short 12-15" - Plant 14" apart - zone 3-8 The heart shaped leathery leaves are thick and glossy and look nice all year with a little grooming now and again. Forms an expanding clump which is vigorous, yet not invasive. Noted for its excellent ruby red fall and winter foliage. Pink flowers in spring, plus some fall rebloom.


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

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Peoria, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Bethesda, Maryland
Blissfield, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Omaha, Nebraska
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Anacortes, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Kirkland, Washington

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