Why Is This Spring-Blooming Plant Called Pigsqueak?
On a list of weird plant names, Miss Piggy pigsqueak ranks near the top! Here's why the plant has its wacky moniker, and how to grow it.
Pigsqueak Plant: What’s with the Name?
At first, this plant’s name is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser (just like these interesting bird names and nicknames). Why would a flower—with no mouth to facilitate squeaking—be called a Miss Piggy “pigsqueak?” Surprisingly, it comes down to the leaves. When the leaf of a pigsqueak plant is rubbed between one’s thumb and finger, it produces a high-pitched squeaking sound that closely resembles the noise a pig makes.
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How to Grow Miss Piggy Pigsqueak
Common Name: Miss Piggy pigsqueak
Scientific Name: Bergenia cordifolia ‘Miss Piggy’
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 18 inches tall and 32 inches wide
Soil: Well-draining, moisture-retentive soil
Light Needs: Part to full shade
Attracts: Butterflies and bees
Miss Piggy is new from Proven Winners and is ideal for shady spaces. Bright pink blooms adorn the low-growing plant in spring; they might appear as early as April. Bees and butterflies will love it!
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Even after the blooms are spent for the season, the bold, dark green leaves make it an excellent choice for garden borders. In winter, this pigsqueak plant boasts purple-bronze foliage. Grow it in rich, moist, well-draining soil for the best results.
Try growing it in a container or as a border plant or ground cover, but remember to snip a few blooms for a DIY bouquet—pigsqueak makes for an excellent cut flower to add to an arrangement. And if you’ve been searching for a option to thwart your furry backyard critters, look no further. Miss Piggy is also known to resist deer and rabbits.
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