DESCRIPTION: Large glossy, leathery, cabbage-like leaves turn burgundy late in the season; interesting clusters of white flowers rise above foliage; perfect for shady areas, water regularly but don't over water, a...
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DESCRIPTION: Large glossy, leathery, cabbage-like leaves turn burgundy late in the season; interesting clusters of white flowers rise above foliage; perfect for shady areas, water regularly but don't over water, a great coarse texture.

BOTANICAL NAME: Bergenia cordifolia 'Fire & Ice'
OTHER NAMES: Giant Rockfoil, Largeleaf Saxifrage, Pigsqueak
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30-40 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 45-60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to full shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring to early summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Leathery deep green leaves that turn a showy reddish bronze hue in autumn
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attractive foliage, Bee Friendly, Border, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easily Divided

Ornamental Features

Fire & Ice Bergenia features unusual spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid spring. Its attractive large succulent round leaves are dark green in colour with curious red undersides. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous burgundy in the fall. 

Landscape Attributes

Fire & Ice Bergenia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favour of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Fire & Ice Bergenia is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Fire & Ice Bergenia will grow to be about 12-16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18-23 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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