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BEGONIA 'Fireworks'

Image of Begonia 'Fireworks'

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Fireworks'

Plant Common Name

Fireworks Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

Explosions of black, silver and pink decorate the glorious foliage of the Fireworks rex begonia. This tender herbaceous perennial is the result of extensive hybridization. Each leaf is an off-center heart-shaped blade with jagged edges. In the center is a "fireworks" of black that reaches outward in the veins to the leaf's edges. Intermingling with the dark veins are silver and light green tones that blush pink, lavender or purple. In late spring small pink blossoms appear on short stems among the leaves.

Plant 'Fireworks' in a moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil in bright shade. Making a wonderful houseplant, ensure it has high humidity to prevent leaf browning, and also make sure the soil is never soggy. Outdoors it can be grown as a seasonal bedding annual in shade or in a container. In tropical regions, the rex begonia is a glorious groundcover planted among bromeliads and ferns. This begonia does not succeed in oppressive summertime heat.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • 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

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Light Green, Pink, Rose, Silver, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Light Green, Pink, Rose, Silver, Black

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Light Green, Pink, Rose, Silver, Black

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Light Green, Pink, Rose, Silver, Black

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No