Bergenias are perennial flowers’ also known as pigsqueaks.Producing clusters of bell shaped flowers on a 12 inch spike in early Spring in colors from pale pink to ruby red these flowers only last for a couple weeks. With rounded evergreen leaves that can grow up to a foot long that change color in the winter to reddish or bronze color. Originally from Siberia these evergreens perennials can withstand cold temperatures and survive very well.
Bergenias Culture And Care
Bergenias prefer light shade and good moist soil high in organic matter, making them good plants for the edges of a woodland garden area. During dry periods provide plenty of moisture to prevent the plants growth from slowing down.
Common uses are in sloping areas or as outside border plantings. While these plants are easy to row the leaves do damage easily. There big rounded leaves make them a good contrast went planted amongst Irirs and Ferns.
Propagation is by division or from seed. The best time to divide Bergenias is in the spring after the plants have finished flowering. After about 4 years the plants start to get crowded and it is time to divide and replant.
Bergenia seeds can be sown directly into the garden in late fall or early spring, or you can start seeds indoors in early spring. Indoor temperature in the growing medium should be 55° until germination, which takes between 15-20 days.