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BEGONIA 'Cocktail Mix'

Image of Begonia 'Cocktail Mix' (Semperflorens Cultorum Group, COCKTAIL SERIES)

James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Cocktail Mix'( Semperflorens Cultorum Group, COCKTAIL SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Cocktail Mix Wax Begonia, Fibrous Begonia, Wax Begonia

General Description

Popular bedding plants, Cocktail Series wax begonias are tender perennials of hybrid origin. These plants are evergreen in tropical to sub-tropical zones but grown as annuals in temperate zones. The 'Cocktail Mix' group displays beautiful bronze foliage with a mix of pink, scarlet and white blooms that contrast nicely with the leaf color.

These plants are best growing in well drained soil in full to partial sun. Drier and sandier soils should be mulched to conserve moisture around these plants' fibrous roots. In hot regions a partially shaded area will promote nicest foliage and flowering displays. As reliable bloomers they are often used as annuals in containers, hanging baskets and mass plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, 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, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No