Pigsqueak (Bergenia crassifolia)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Bergenia crassifolia Accepted
Bergenia cordifolia Synonym
Bergenia crassifolia var. pacifica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 1 - 2 feet
Plant Spread: 1 foot
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: 2 weeks in moist soil
Needs specific temperature: 70*
Days to germinate: uneven, 3 to 6 weeks
Depth to plant seed: surface sow
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 3:28 PM

Honey bees get pollen from this plant.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2013 11:33 AM

Rub the leaves against one another when wet and it will squeak like a pig. Cut flower stems to the ground after bloom.

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