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Heartleaf Bergenia

Bergenia cordifolia

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Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia) at Stein's Garden & Home

Heartleaf Bergenia flowers

Heartleaf Bergenia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia) at Stein's Garden & Home

Heartleaf Bergenia in bloom

Heartleaf Bergenia in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  1

Other Names:  Giant Rockfoil, Largeleaf Saxifrage, Pigsqueak

Description:

A popular coarse groundcover plant with large, succulent leaves which develop hints of color in fall; showy pink flowers in spring; best where its large foliage can be put to good use in the landscape

Garden Stars Perennials

The Garden Stars® Perennial Collection is a complete line of all your traditional perennial favorites with some exciting new varieties too! These perennials are grown by a network of trusted growers to provide you the highest quality plants for your garden. These varieties have been selected for hardiness, compact growth, and consistent, reliable flower color. Perfect for planting in: garden beds, perennial borders, rock, cottage, prairie or woodland gardens, & even pots on the patio!

Ornamental Features

Heartleaf Bergenia features unusual spikes of fuchsia flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid spring. Its attractive large succulent round leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning forest green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Heartleaf Bergenia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Heartleaf Bergenia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Heartleaf Bergenia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features