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Pigsqueak | Plant Profile

Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia) are showy perennials that are primarily used for groundcover. Clusters of pink flowers bloom in spring. The heart-shaped leaves and flowers are often used in floral arrangements.

Pigsqueak prefers average fertility, medium moisture, well drained soils in part shade to full shade. They can be tolerant of a wide range of soils, heavy shade, drought, and deer. Remove spent flower stems to prevent self-seeding which can result in a messy appearance.

Pigsqueak are ideal options for areas of heavy shade in need of groundcover.


Pigsqueak Characteristics

Pigsqueak get their name from the squeaking noise that the leaves make when they are rubbed between a thumb and finger. The dark green leaves are glossy with several rounded lobes along the edges. The foliage slowly spreads outward to create a dense, carpeting appearance. Flower panicles that are populated by small pink flowers rise above the rest of the foliage in spring.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that threaten Pigsqueak. These perennials can be vulnerable to harsh winters, and may experience significant die back in the Pittsburgh climate. Cut back any dead foliage before spring.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 8
1.00 - 1.50'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
April - May
Part Shade - Full Shade
Deer Resistant?