The ubiquitous Bergenia

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cohan
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All nice- I'm quite fond of these guys-- I have none, (though I have seed for some small species to sow- forget which!).. I think the common type (cordifolia?) is pretty commonly grown in Edmonton...

Is pigsqueak a name for bergenia???

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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cohan wrote:

All nice- I'm quite fond of these guys-- I have none, (though I have seed for some small species to sow- forget which!).. I think the common type (cordifolia?) is pretty commonly grown in Edmonton...

Is pigsqueak a name for bergenia???

Yes, and yes.  Bergenia cordifolia is completely bullet-proof and so very commonly-grown across the cold prairies.  Pigsqueak seems to be a British common name for it; I've never heard anyone use that common name here.  I think people do refer to it as "elephant ears" sometimes... which will certainly cause confusion with all the other plants for which that common name is used.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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One of the reasons I'm not fond of common names... Pigsqueak is a bit more original!..lol

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Mark McD
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Received seed of Bergenia stracheyi from Chris Chadwell share, so with luck in a couple years I'll have a nice crop of pigsqueak, and I shall definietly squeak the foliage.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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I got B ciliata seed from Chris a couple of years ago. They sprouted easily and I have some nice plants. Oddly I can't find any pictures of flowering plants although they flower every year now. However, here is the leaves: (Early summer - later they get as big as rhubarb - almost)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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How did you start the seeds, Trond?  I am under the impression that this one has a fringe of hairs on the edge of the leaf.  Is that true?  I'm interested in this one but I had no idea the leaves got so large!  :o

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Yes, I sowed seeds 4-5 years ago and they sprouted like cress. I lost several plants during the summer (always a bad time for my seedlings as I am away for weeks). However, more than enough survived and I have several in the garden. Have not found ripe seed though. The leaves grow to 20-25 cm across in late summer but that is on the plants near a watercourse. They have a fringe of hairs as you notice from the picture. I will look for seed this summer ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Did you stratify the seeds, say by putting pots outside in fall or by stratifying indoors, or did they germinate under warm conditions?  Yes, I see the fringe now that I click on your photo.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

cohan
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I forget which I have seed for- its in my backlog :( probably Bergenia stracheyi or purpurascens ('similar to stracheyi but smaller') from Pavelka..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Schier
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Hoy, the Bergenia ciliata with the fringe on the leaf is a good looking plant... I have had the Bergenia cordifolia and purpurascens for years and they are always welcome in the garden. They do like a bit of water now and then, and last year when there was plenty of rain they bloomed like crazy.  In the dry years, a bit pathetic sometimes.  For me they're a good old stand-by for a lot of spots. 

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

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