Bergenia cordifolia

(Heart-Leaved Bergenia)

By April 23, 2020
Heart Leaf Bergenia - Bergenia cordifolia

About Bergenia cordifolia  – (Heart Leaf Bergenia)

Bergenia cordifolia is a low-growing perennial bush prized for its interesting foliage. Densely packed green leaves resembling a head of lettuce are contrasted by tall brown stalks of clustered magenta flowers. While spring welcomes its blooming season, cooler fall temperatures turn its foliage from green to shades of reds and yellows. Commonly known as Heart Leaf Bergenia, Heart Leaved Bergenia and even Winter Blooming Bergenia, this plant reaches an average landscape height of 1′ tall by 2′ wide. In California this Bergenia is an evergreen plant due to the milder winter climate.

Planting and Care Instructions

Plant Bergenia cordifolia in an area that receives full to part shade using well-draining soil. This plant requires regular watering and while it does best in moist soils it can tolerate periodical dry spells if planted in full shade. No fertilizer or pruning is needed but you can remove spent blooms and old foliage to keep a clean appearance.

Landscape Design Ideas

Heart Leaf Bergenia offers an interesting look to landscapes when planted along a pathway or in containers. Its low dense growth works well to add height variation when planted as a border to a group of plants or trees. You can even plant Bergenia cordifolia around statues or fountains; a use in which it has been most known for since the 18th century.


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Botanical Name: Bergenia cordifolia

Common Name: Heart-Leaved Bergenia

Average Landscape Size: 1' x 2'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Magenta

Foliage Color: Green - Red/Yellow

Forms: Bush

Sizes: 1 Gallon

Special Features: Dramatic Color, Low Maintenance, Shade Tolerant, Showy Spring Flowers, Year-round Interest, Good For Container Or Ground Planting, Easy Pruning,