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BERGENIA cordifolia 'Winter Glow'

Image of Bergenia cordifolia 'Winter Glow' ('Winterglut')

Yoder Brothers

Family

Saxifragaceae

Botanical Name

BERGENIA cordifolia 'Winter Glow' ('('Winterglut')')

Plant Common Name

Elephant's Ears, Heartleaf Bergenia, Pig Squeak, Winter Glow Heartleaf Bergenia

General Description

A selection of Heartleaf Bergenia, ‘Winter Glow’ is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial with large, rounded, toothed, dark green leathery leaves that turn reddish-bronze in autumn and return to green in spring. It produces small, nodding, bright-magenta, cup-shaped flowers in loosely arranged groups on a fleshy stem in early spring. The parent species is native to woods and rocky terrain of the Himalayas and Tibet. At the limits of its hardiness, its leaves may die back over the winter and new leaves may arise when flowering ends the following spring. Leaves that look weatherbeaten in spring should be removed to keep the plant fresh.

Grow ‘Winter Glow’ in full sun in cool sun in cool climates or partial sun to partial shade in warmer climates. It thrives in cool soil with good drainage. Use it as edging for paths and walkways, massed as a groundcover for contrasts of height and texture in a bed or border, in a rock garden, or at the edge of a wooded border in combination with hostas and ferns. Clumps may be divided in early fall or after blooming in spring every 4 to 5 years if desired.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm (18)

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm (18)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Nepal

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No