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Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia)

Heartleaf Bergenia, Heart-Leaf Bergenia

Bergenia Cordifolia, Heartleaf Bergenia, Heart-Leaf Bergenia, Pink Bergenia, Evergreen Perennial, Shade Perennial
Bergenia Cordifolia, Heartleaf Bergenia, Heart-Leaf Bergenia, Pink Bergenia, Evergreen Perennial, Shade Perennial

Native to Siberia, Bergenia cordifolia (Heartleaf Bergenia) is a clump-forming evergreen perennial noted for its incredible hardiness and vigor. Borne on thick red stems in early spring, erect clusters of deep-pink flowers rise above a rosette of leathery, shiny, heart-shaped leaves. Deep green in summer, the large leaves, 12 in. long (30 cm), turn purplish-bronze in winter, providing year-round interest. The attractive foliage is often used in floral arrangements. Low maintenance, Bergenia cordifolia is primarily grown as a ground cover and looks stunning in mass plantings.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Easily grown in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils in sun or part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including poor soils, but dislikes hot, dry conditions. Heavy shade tolerant too!
  • Undemanding and virtually disease-free, this Bergenia is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, banks and slopes, cottage gardens, rock gardens, or city gardens.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Remove faded flower spikes.
  • Propagate by division or root rhizomes sections in fall or spring

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Saxifragaceae
Genus Bergenia
Common names Bergenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Winter Glow’ (Heartleaf Bergenia)
Bergenia ‘Spring Fling’ (Elephant’s Ears)
Bergenia ‘Sakura’ (Elephant’s Ears)
Bergenia ‘Angel Kiss’ (Elephant’s Ears)
Bergenia ‘Rosi Klose’ (Elephant’s Ears)
Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’

Recommended Companion Plants

Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ (Plantain Lily)
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ (Coral Bells)
Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) ‘James Compton’ (Baneberry)
Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’ (Arendsii Hybrid)
Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’ (Christmas Rose)
Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Saxifragaceae
Genus Bergenia
Common names Bergenia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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