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BEGONIA 'Madame Queen'

Image of Begonia 'Madame Queen'

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Madame Queen'

Plant Common Name

Begonia, Madame Queen Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

Madame Queen begonia dazzles with large, coppery-green leaves with ornately ruffled edges and tall sprays of deep pink flower in late winter. This tender herbaceous perennial is the result of a hybrid cross and grows from a prostrate stem called a rhizome. New leaves emerge very red and mature to a dark green with coppery blushing. The upright leaf stems are a bold green-yellow, as are the veins in each leaf blade. The leaf edges are intricately ruffled and often reveal glimpses of the rusty red leaf undersides. Very early spring finds tall branched stems of deep pink flowers reaching above the foliage.

Plant 'Madame Queen' 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, 'Madame Queen' is a magificent shade groundcover or as an accent planted among bromeliads and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-22" / 45.7cm - 55.9cm

  • Width

    25"-30" / 63.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • 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

    Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Dark Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Dark Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Dark Green, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No