Bergenia / Pig-Squeak

bergeniaherbsblute (299x300)Bergenia x ‘Herbstblute’ (syn. ‘Autumn Glory’) – The flowers of this Bergenia appear from March to April (may repeat bloom late summer to fall) and they mature to a rich pink (held on reddish stems). The 6 to 8″ long dark green leaves shift to a maroon-purple in the colder weather. Tolerates light shade to full sun exposures in coastal BC. Grows 10-18″ high by 1-2′ wide. Z4.

bergeniaomiensis (2) (286x300)Bergenia emeiensis – This rare species is a native of Sichuan China and has only recently come into cultivation. It bears white blooms with a hint of pink (on reddish-green stems) that are occasionally damaged by late winter frosts. The foliage is evergreen, varying from rounded to nearly paddle-shaped. Mulch exposed roots in fall to protect from ground frost. Grows 12″ high by 16-18″. Zone 6.

bergeniacrassifolia (300x300)Bergenia crassifolia – A very hardy species of Bergenia that is native to Russia and has a common name of Siberian Tea. It bears magenta-pink flowers (held on short stems) and usually blooms before other Bergenia, from late winter into spring. The flowers made good, long-lasting cuts for the vase and the green foliage is spoon-shaped. Grows 12-18″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 3.

bergbabydoll (288x300)Bergenia x ‘Baby Doll’ – A compact Bergenia with clusters of soft pink to near white blooms (shown) that deepen to a hot pink with maturity. The rounded evergreen foliage takes on maroon highlights in autumn when exposed to colder weather conditions. ‘Baby Doll’ is a great choice for mass planting the foreground of a mixed shrub border. Grows 12″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 4.

bergcordifoliapurpure300Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea’ – A favourite perennial of the famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll – this cultivar bears rich magenta-purple blooms on reddish stems from early to mid spring. The green foliage is also slightly thicker and takes on a reddish-purple tint throughout the colder weather. Divide every 3-5 years to maintain vigor. Grows 12-18″ high by 18-24″. Z3.

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