Eden's Dark Margin Bergenia
The long spikes of purplish-red blooms just enhance the color show of this groundcover!
The foliage is the real star of this groundcover, even though the flowers are lovely as well. The leaves are big, leathery, and winter-tough. Older varieties tend to look pretty ratty after a harsh winter, but 'Eden's Dark Margin' is a splendid performer in rough climates. Expect this plant to reach about a foot high and wide.
Now the blooms! They are a rich plummy color, arising on 6- to 8-inch spikes in early spring. The buds of Bergenia can be frost-tender, but once they open, these flowers are very tough, shaking off those unseasonable frosts effortlessly. This is a real boon for gardeners in areas where spring seems to keep reverting to winter!
Bergenia used to be a plant that only looked good in certain climates, such as the Pacific Northwest. But you will find 'Eden's Dark Margin' an easy and attractive groundcover anywhere within its hardiness range. Unless you live in the far North, don't give it full sunshine, and if you're far south or southwest, limit it to just a few hours of sun or dappled light a day.
Now, about that name: Pigsqueak. It seems that if you hold a leaf just right between your thumb and fingers and rub it hard, it will squeal. Sounds like a good practical joke just waiting to happen!
Space these plants about a foot apart in enriched, moist (but never wet) soil receiving partial to full shade. Bergenia is not happy in heavy clay, nor in standing water. So make sure the soil is light and loose, and you're on your way to years of year-round beauty. Zones 3-8.
|Variety||'Eden's Dark Margin'|
|Zone||3 - 8|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Flower|
|BloomColor||Dark Purple, Red|
|LightRequirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Ornamental|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|