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
Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Pink
Red
Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
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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Common names
  • Pigsqueak
  • Heartleaf Bergenia
  • Siberian Tea
  • Winter-Blooming Bergenia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Bergenia crassifolia
  • Synonym: Bergenia cordifolia
  • Synonym: Bergenia crassifolia var. pacifica

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Location: Menton, France
Date: 2018-01-16

Date: c. 1921
illustration by Mary E. Eaton from 'Addisonia', 1921
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2018-01-16
Welcome winter colour
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 29, 2010
Close Up View #Pollination #Ants
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: August 
Bergenia cordifolia Fall leaves
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-03
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 4-2004
My yard, zone 6
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 4-2004
My yard, zone 6
Photo by purpleinopp
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 7, 2013
Close Up View
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2012-04-17
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2012-04-17
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Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 29, 2010
Close Up View
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-03
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2010-04-04
My yard, zone 6
Location: My Gardens
Date: April 7, 2013
Close Up View

Date: 2014-03-26

Date: 2014-03-26

Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2012-04-17
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2012-04-17
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Location: Pismo Beach CA
Date: 2018-01-29

Date: 2014-04-01
Location: Balboa Park - San Diego, California                           
Date: 2015-01-12

Date: 2012-05-10
Location: Balboa Park Botanical Gardens, San Diego, California
Date: 2013-08-16
Photo by purpleinopp

Date: April 18, 2009
Used by permission under GNU license.  Photo taken by: Christian
Location: London.
Date: 2014-03-10

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Date: 2014-04-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-03-26
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-10-26
Third year plant - no blooms yet.
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-03
Location: Balboa Park - San Diego, California                          
Date: 2015-01-12
Location: Balboa Park - San Diego, California                            
Date: 2015-01-12
Location: Dearborn Heights, MI
Date: 2010-04-04
My Yard, zone 6

Date: 2013-07-18

Date: 2013-07-18
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Comments:
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2013 11:33 AM concerning plant:
    Rub the leaves against one another when wet and it will squeak like a pig. Cut flower stems to the ground after bloom.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 3:28 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get pollen from this plant.

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