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Heartleaf Bergenia

Category:

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

Characteristics

Species:
cordifolia
Other Species Names:
Giant Rockfoil, Largeleaf Saxifrage, Pigsqueak
Average Landscape Height:
15 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Bergenia
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
fuchsia
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
burgundy
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

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.

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.

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. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

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.

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