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BEGONIA 'Big Rose with Bronze Leaf'

Image of Begonia 'Big Rose with Bronze Leaf' (BIG SERIES)

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Big Rose with Bronze Leaf'( BIG SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Benary Begonia, Big Rose with Bronze Leaf Begonia

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Adored for beautiful blooms and wildly colorful foliage, Begonia is one of the largest genera of flowering plants. There are over 1,500 species and more than 10,000 cultivars and hybrids. They are found all over the world but most originate from sub-tropical and tropical regions.

The plants come in many different forms. They are fleshy, herbaceous and may be annual or perennial. In habit, they can be shrubby, climbing, or epiphytic (tree-dwelling). The leaves are simple or compound and usually asymmetrical. Flowers are produced singly or in loose clusters. They may be small and delicate, with just a few petals, or rose-like. Flower color comes in combinations of white, red, pink, yellow and orange. Bloom time varies from species to species.

Culture and hardiness is also species dependent, but most begonias are cold sensitive, prefer bright indirect light and average to fertile, moist soil that drains well. They are beautiful planted in mixed beds and borders, containers or hanging baskets.

Begonias are separated into eight groups defined loosely by parentage, habit and/or culture. These are:

Cane: These evergreen perennials are upright and often woody. They have fibrous roots and bamboo-like stems. Some are commonly known as “angel-wing” begonias.

Shrub: These are bushy and have branching stems and interesting leaves. The plants may be upright and are usually evergreen perennials. They are grown mostly for their attractive leaves.

Rhizomatous: This carefree group of evergreen perennials spread via rhizomes (underground lateral stems). The plants are variable in form and the small flowers usually appear in spring. The leaves may be green or brown and are often variegated with silver markings.

Semperflorens: This is the most widely grown begonia group. The plants are compact, bushy, tender evergreen perennials with fibrous roots. They flower in the summer in cooler climates and throughout the year in warmer zones. Often called wax begonias, they are outstanding bedding plants.

Tuberous: There are two types of tuberous begonias: those with a pendant habit and sturdier more upright types. Most have glossy pointed leaves and very showy flowers. They undergo a dormant period in the fall and winter and bloom in the spring and summer.

Rex: These are grown for their brilliantly hued and extraordinarily shaped leaves. They generally grow from fibrous roots or occasionally rhizomes. The plants tend to go dormant in winter and otherwise require bright indirect light and high humidity.

Trailing: These floriferous weeping plants offer a lovely show of flowers. They undergo winter dormancy but are otherwise everblooming.

Thick-Stem: Less popular that other types, these begonias offer a charm all their own. They have short thick stems topped with dense fleshy leaves. Where hardy, they make fine landscape and outdoor plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Gold, Dark Red, Tan, Brown

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No