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Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana (Hardy begonia)

Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana bah-GO-nyah GRAN-dis subspecies eh-vanz-ee-AY-nah Common Name: Hardy begonia 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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