Bergenia cordifolia 'Winter Glow' ('Winterglut')

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Bergenia-Heartleaf
Common Name (Alternative): Pigsqueak

The shiny, evergreen, cabbage-like leaves of Bergenia have a unique leathery appearance that is really eye-catching. This plant gets its common name, "Pig Squeak", from the sound the leaf makes when rubbed between two fingers.

From early to late spring, bright pinkish red flowers appear in clusters on thick stems just above the foliage. These flowers and the leaves are both long-lasting when cut for bouquets. In Michigan, plants sometimes rebloom in the fall.

During the fall and winter months, the leaves take on remarkable reddish-bronze hues which remain until spring when they turn back to green. Any tattered leaves can be removed at that time. This variety is regarded as an improvement over B. 'Rotblum'.

Bergenia can be used in a variety of ways in the landscape. It is most impressive when used as a durable, evergreen groundcover, but it can also be used in containers and rock gardens. It is quite effective at softening the hard edges of pavement and also works well as an edging or filler plant in flower borders.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  12-15 Inches
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early Spring
  Late spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Bergenia thrives in almost any amount of sunlight, but partial shade is ideal. In northern regions, it will grow in full sun, but it needs afternoon shade in the south. In either region, plants will always perform the best in rich, moisture-retentive soil. However, it dislikes heavy soils and standing water.

Propagate by division in early spring or by seed. Divisions should be replanted fairly deep into the soil.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.