|BERGENIA cordifolia - Heart-Leaf Bergenia|
Saxifragaceae; native to Afghanistan and the Himalayas.
Germination: For best results, sow indoors at temperatures of 55° F nights and 72° F days. Or sow outdoors, in late fall or early spring for spring germination. Germination takes 15-20 days; plants bloom the second year from sowing.
Growth: In spring or fall, space 12-16 inches apart in well-drained soil in full sun (North) or part shade (South). The plants, thriving in 60° F nights, tolerate deep shade and wide range of soils. Keep the soil evenly moist and feed moderately. No staking is required, but deadhead if the stems become leggy. If planting in fall, allow at least two months for seedlings to become rooted before the cold sets in. Mulch heavily for winter.
Appearance and Use: Ideal for edging, borders, or ground cover, Bergenia displays dark, heart-shaped foliage that is attractive in arrangements. Mounding plants, 12-18 inches tall and 12-24 inches wide, are non-invasive and spread via rhizomes. Coarse, cabbage-like blooms of rose or red arrive in April and May. Glossy, dark green 10- inch foliage is heart-shaped with a leathery texture. As winter arrives, the evergreen plants turn burgundy. New growth arrives in March.
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