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BEGONIA (DRAGON WING™ RED)

Image of Begonia 'Bepared' (DRAGON WING™ RED, DRAGON WING™ SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Bepared'( DRAGON WING™ RED, DRAGON WING™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dragon Wing™ Red Begonia

General Description

Bearing showy flowers for many months on end, Dragon Wing™ Red begonia ('Bepared') is a popular tender perennial used in containers or for bedding. It results from a cross between a semperflorens (wax) and a cane-type (angel-wing) begonia.

This fibrous-rooted begonia bears lustrous, fleshy, asymmetrical leaves on knee-high, succulent stems. The dark green leaves may be tinted with bronze in sunnier sites. This floriferous plant blooms from spring through frost, presenting small, loose clusters of waxy rosy red or coral red flowers that dangle downward. A sterile hybrid, it bears no seed.

Dragon Wing™ begonias do best in partial sun and well-drained, cool, evenly moist soil. They are marginally drought tolerant. In hot summer regions, protection from midday sun is recommended to prevent leaf scalding and premature leaf yellowing. In colder zones, begonias can be brought indoors to overwinter or grown as a year round houseplant. Outdoors, light winter frost may nip flowers and upper foliage, but the plant will survive as long as subfreezing temperatures are not long-lasting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    15"-24" / 38.1cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    15"-24" / 38.1cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Coral

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No