Hardy begonia Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hardy begonia (Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana) bah-GO-nyah GRAN-dis subspecies eh-vanz-ee-AY-nah Genus: Begonia This tuberous begonia bears green heart-shaped foliage with red veining and claret-stained undersides that steal the show when backlit. Pendent clusters of slightly fragrant, satiny pink or white blossoms open from midsummer until frost. It makes a good perennial companion for ferns and hostas. Noteworthy Characteristics: Large, heart-shaped leaves; sprays of pink flowers. Care: Prefers rich, moist but well-drained soil in moderate or full shade, with shelter from afternoon sun. Hardy begonia dies to the ground in winter and often reseeds to form large colonies. Propagation: Sow seed or bulbils when fresh; take basal or stem cuttings in spring; divide perennial clumps in spring. Problems: Mealybugs, mites, thrips, whiteflies, powdery mildew, stem rot, rhizome rot, nematodes. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Part Shade Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage Bloom Time Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Pink, White Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers Style Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Annuals Related Plants to Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Allwood hybrids Dianthus × allwoodii 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Heartsease Viola tricolor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Sweet William Dianthus barbatus 'Summer Sundae' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Cool Wave Berries 'N Cream trailing pansy Viola x wittrockiana Cool Wave® Berries 'N Cream trailing pansy View the discussion thread.