Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Dragonfly™ Sakura Bergenia

Bergenia DRAGONFLY™ ‘Sakura’
Early pink flowers make a delightful spring pick-me-up

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When dreary winter weather is finally passing into memory and spring is starting to flaunt its colors, Dragonfly Sakura Bergenia makes its entrance. Joining in on the celebration of the season, it unfurls a bouquet of charming pink cherry-blossom-like flowers just above the leaves. And those leaves! Dragonfly Sakura is a knockout all year long on account of its thick, glossy leaves, which give the plant substance despite its small size. Purple tones in cold weather add even more intrigue. Use this dapper evergreen to edge a lightly shaded pathway, mixed border, courtyard planting, or entryway garden. Lovely!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Bergenia is a useful Spirit that gardeners have treasured for centuries. Several different species exist. They come from the colder parts of Asia, ranging from the mountains of India to Siberia and northern China. A funny nickname for Bergenia is “Pigsqueak,” because some imaginative person thought the pleathery leaves, when rubbed together, squeak like a pig. Another nickname is “Elephant Ears,” because of the oversized foliage. Dragonfly Sakura Bergenia is a hybrid form that doesn’t have elephant ears, but narrow leaves that resemble dragonfly wings. It is a modern introduction developed by Oregon’s Terra Nova Nurseries. “Sakura” means “Cherry Blossoms” in Japanese.

The Details

Floral designers love Bergenia not just for its flowers but for its foliage. The succulent leaves make excellent filler in bouquets, and they last for weeks in water. Snip a few Dragonfly Sakura Bergenia leaves for an arrangement and see for yourself what a fine accompaniment they are to flowers at any time of the year!

How to Grow

Because it hails from cool northern and alpine regions, Bergenia does best in similar cool climates. High summer heat and humidity are not its friend. Plants are very cold-hardy, but the evergreen foliage can become damaged in areas with frigid temperatures and little snow cover. Coastal climates that are mild in both summer and winter are where it thrives. Plant Dragonfly Sakura in good, humousy, well-drained soil and water regularly. Some shade will be a necessity in warmer regions. Prune out any unsightly leaves in late winter and remove the spent flower stalks in early summer.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Shade
Avg Mature Height 10"-15" (in flower)
Avg Mature Width 10-12"
Fall Leaf Color Evergreen - Winter color is dark purple/plum
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Evergreen - Dark Glossy Green
Bloom Time Spring
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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