Bergenia cordifolia ‘Pink Ice’

Heartleaf Bergenia


Bergenia cordifolia ‘Pink Ice,’ also known as Heartleaf Bergenia, is a captivating perennial that adds charm to garden landscapes. Its heart-shaped, leathery leaves create lush rosettes, providing year-round visual appeal. In the spring, ‘Pink Ice’ unfurls stunning pink flower spikes, creating a striking contrast against its evergreen foliage. These blossoms not only please the eye but also attract pollinators, enhancing garden biodiversity.

‘Pink Ice’ is a hardy and low-maintenance plant, thriving in full sun to partial-shade and well-drained soil. Its resilience and adaptability make it an excellent choice for both beginners and seasoned gardeners seeking to introduce colour and texture to their outdoor environments.


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Origin: North and Central Asia
Genus: Bergenia
Species / Cultivar: cordifolia 'Pink Ice'
Common Name: Heartleaf Bergenia

Plant Biography

The botanical history of Bergenia cordifolia ‘Pink Ice,’ commonly known as Heartleaf Bergenia, traces back to its native regions in Asia, including Siberia and China. Bergenia cordifolia is a species within the Bergenia genus, which is part of the Saxifragaceae family. This perennial plant is celebrated for its hardiness and attractive foliage.

The genus name “Bergenia” honors the German botanist Karl August von Bergen, and “cordifolia” refers to its heart-shaped leaves. These large, leathery leaves give the plant its distinctive appearance and contribute to its common name, “Heartleaf Bergenia.”

Over the years, Bergenia cordifolia ‘Pink Ice’ has gained popularity in horticulture due to its ornamental qualities, particularly its vibrant pink flowers that adorn the plant in spring. Through cultivation and hybridisation efforts, various cultivars and variations of Bergenia cordifolia have emerged, each with unique characteristics and visual appeal.

Today, ‘Pink Ice’ and other Bergenia cordifolia varieties are cherished by gardeners and landscapers worldwide for their resilience, versatility, and aesthetic contributions to gardens and outdoor spaces. This botanical history reflects the enduring appeal and adaptation of this lovely perennial.

Bergenia cordifolia 'Pink Ice'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Bergenia cordifolia ‘Pink Ice,’ or Heartleaf Bergenia, is relatively simple. This hardy perennial thrives in full sun to partial shade, making it an ideal choice for urban gardens. Ensure well-drained soil and water regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Prune spent flower stalks to encourage new growth and remove dead leaves in spring for a tidy appearance. ‘Pink Ice’ is generally pest-resistant and low-maintenance, making it an excellent addition to gardens, where its attractive foliage and vibrant pink blooms offer year-round visual appeal and minimal fuss.


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