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Begonia grandis (Hardy Begonia)

Hardy Begonias (Begonia grandis)


Truly hardy, Begonia grandis are tuberous perennials noted for their exquisite and lush foliage of winged-shaped, olive green leaves, adorned with red veining and colorful undersides. From midsummer to fall, arching clusters of nodding pink or white flowers can be admired at the tips of branching pinkish-red stems. Slow-sprouting, these shade-loving perennials come up in spring from a dormant tuber. As winter approaches, they self-propagate by small bulblets which form in the leaf axils and drop to the ground, resulting in a lovely patch of begonias.

Wonderful additions to the shade garden, they grow up to 24 in. tall and wide (60 cm).

  • Prefer partial shade to full shade and organically rich, moist and well-drained soils. Will not tolerate waterlogging. Mulch to protect roots.
  • Propagate by seed, stem tip or leaf cuttings
  • Deadhead flowers to encourage new blooms
  • Watch for caterpillars, mealybugs, tarsonemid mite, thrips, vine weevil, aphids and powder mildew.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Begonias
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Begonias
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden
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