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?

Pigsqueak plantVia Proven Winners
Miss Piggy pigsqueak

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

Pwbergenia Miss Piggy pigsqueakVia Proven Winners
This flowering plant is a good choice for containers.

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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Emily Hannemann
Emily Hannemann is an associate editor for Birds & Blooms Digital. Throughout her years with the publication, she has written multiple articles for print as well as digital, all covering birding and gardening. In her role as associate editor, she is responsible for creating and editing articles on the subject of birding and gardening, as well as putting together Birds & Bloom's daily digital newsletter. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a master's degree in magazine journalism and undergraduate degrees in journalism and English, she has more than eight years of experience in the magazine, newspaper, and book industries.