Bergenia, Heartleaf Bergenia, Pigsqueak 'Winter Glow'

Bergenia crassifolia

Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bergenia (ber-GEN-ee-a) (Info)
Species: crassifolia (krass-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Winter Glow
Additional cultivar information:(aka Vinterglod, Winterglut)
Synonym:Bergenia cordifolia
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Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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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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 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.


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.


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.


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.