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BEGONIA 'Avalanche'

Image of Begonia 'Avalanche'

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Avalanche'

Plant Common Name

Avalanche Begonia, Begonia

General Description

This angel-wing begonia is renowned d for its dark leaves with spots of lustrous silver or pale silvery-pink. A tender herbaceous perennial, ‘Avalanche’ is classified as a cane begonia because of its branching, plump stems with prominent nodes, vaguely like bamboo.. Each leafis large, wavy edged, and has hundreds of spots. Some leaves have much more silver than dgreen, and all leaf undersides are a milky light green. In midwinter small white blossoms appear in loose clusters stems on the canes among the leaves.

Plant 'Avalanche' in a moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil in bright shade or with sunlight only in the early morning or very late afternoon. It is a wonderful but slow-growing houseplant. Ensure that the potting soil is never soggy. Outdoors, it can be grown as a seasonal bedding annual in shade, or set in a container. In tropical regions, ‘Avalanche’ is a nice accent planted among bromeliads and ferns in a mixed border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No