Hardy begonia

Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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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 Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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