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BEGONIA 'Aquamarine'

Image of Begonia 'Aquamarine'

James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Aquamarine'

Plant Common Name

Aquamarine Begonia, Begonia, Rhizomatous Begonia

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General Description

Glossy deep green with obvious muted wine red undersides, the leaves of 'Aquamarine' evoke lushness and beauty. A tender perennial begonia that grows from a thick, fleshy rhizome (underground stem), it forms a thickly foliaged clump. This hybrid between Begonia ludwigii and Begonia 'Silvadore' was registered in 1953 by Susie Zug of California.

Producing lots of leaves, the clump is always lush. Leaves are a glossy and fleshy dark greem shaped like maple leaves, upon long stems. Undersides curl and readily reveal their contrasting light burgundy hue. In late winter and early spring it displays small pink flowers.

Grow 'Aquamarine' in partial sun to partial shade exposures in an organic rich sandy soil that is moist, warm and well drained. Frosts will kill foliage to the ground but may resprout as long as the rhizome was not frozen and becomes rotten. Use it as an accent in the tropical shade garden around frilly ferns, or as a container plant outdoors in frost-free areas or as a robust houseplant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 14

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Dark Red

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No