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Hardy begonia

Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana

bah-GO-nyah GRAN-dis subspecies eh-vanz-ee-AY-nah Audio

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 CharacteristicsLarge, heart-shaped leaves; sprays of pink flowers.

CarePrefers 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.

PropagationSow seed or bulbils when fresh; take basal or stem cuttings in spring; divide perennial clumps in spring.

ProblemsMealybugs, mites, thrips, whiteflies, powdery mildew, stem rot, rhizome rot, nematodes.

  • Genus : Begonia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. finsburyparkermk2 02/14/2017

    Are these frost hardy?

    1. comradecommissioner 03/07/2017


      1. finsburyparkermk2 03/07/2017


        1. comradecommissioner 03/07/2017

          You been banned from YouGov?

          1. finsburyparkermk2 03/07/2017

            'Me' has moved on, fed up with same old, same old, but I still do their 'Surveys', I ain't daft, Lol,.....After all, Fifty quid is fifty quid! Hahahaha!

            Plus have a new woman in my life!

          2. robjmckinney 03/08/2017

            Glad to hear and good luck with your new love in your life!

          3. finsburyparkermk2 03/08/2017

            Thanks Rabbi, nice to hear from you, take good care of yourself, and keep in touch via this medium!

            Very bestest.


          4. robjmckinney 03/08/2017

            Hi Ken, I had no idea what this medium is but it seems Discus has not excluded me from everything it seems. Did they ban you or did you opt out of your own accord. I have no idea why they banned me directly, just suddenly unable to post. I must admit the free time has given me time to catch up on important matters. Haud has been wondering what happened to you and many others, it seems I could still post on the American site but their subjects rather limited.
            It is great to hear you are still around and bouncing back. Gardening not my strong point though.

            All the best


    2. mommy4RN 05/06/2017

      Mine are unaffected by frost, but die back at the first hard freeze. They are planted very close to the house, on the north facing side.

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