Pig squeak, named because of the noise produced by rubbing a leaf between thumb and finger, is a clump-forming perennial which is primarily grown as a ground cover and features large rosettes of leathery, glossy, dark green leaves which grow to 10″ long by 8″ wide. Leaves form a thick, slowly spreading clump of foliage making for a great ground cover. ‘Winterglut’ is noted for its reddish fall and winter foliage color and for its magenta-red flowers that appear in panicles within or above the foliage atop stout stalks to 16” tall in April. Plants are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part to full shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, humusy ones. Leaves are often used in floral arrangements.
[Photo: Bergenia_crassifolia_a1; Credit: Jerzy Opioła, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons]