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BEGONIA grandis 'Evansiana'

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Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA grandis 'Evansiana'

Plant Common Name

Hardy Begonia

General Description

A spreading tuberous begonia, hardy begonia bears elegant, pendulous clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers above olive or mid-green leaves with pinkish undersides. This form is known for its paler leaves and stems and used to be called Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana, a subspecies that is no longer botanically recognized.

Hardy begonia is a subtropical species that survives in regions with prolonged sub-freezing winter temperatures. It is native to southeastern China, where it grows in forested river valleys, along montane slopes and moist cliff sides, and has been cultivated there since the 15th century.

This easy-to-grow begonia needs fertile, well-drained neutral, slightly acid or slightly alkaline soil. Offer it dappled sun or partial shade; direct summer sun can be too strong and may cause the leaves to scorch, especially when summer temperatures are high and water depleted. Plants self-sow freely, so expect hardy begonia to wander through the shade garden indiscriminately.

It looks ideal planted among ferns, Hosta, Heuchera and other shade-loving foliage plants that look great through summer. Try planting it in a container backlit by late-day sun that will show off its beautiful red venation. This is one of the last perennials to rise from the ground in areas with cold winters, so don’t worry if its late to break dormancy.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm

  • Width

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Pink

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes