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BEGONIA 'Metallic Mist'

Image of Begonia 'Metallic Mist' PPAF

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Metallic Mist' PPAF

Plant Common Name

Begonia, Metallic Mist Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

Metallic Mist hardy begonia has brilliant maple-like leaves in a cool silver and dark green hue. This cold-hardy, herbaceous perennial is the result of extensive hybridization. Each leaf blade has jagged lobes that are ghostly silver with dark green veins. In the center, where the veins converge, is a small flash of burgundy that becomes more pronounced in cooler times of year. Pink flowers contrast the foliage in a magnificent way in late summer and into autumn.

Plant 'Metallic Mist' in a moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil in bright shade, or in an areas that receive direct sun only in the very early morning. Outdoors it can be grown as a seasonal bedding annual, in a large container or interplanted with ferns, foamflowers and other shade perennials. This begonia does not excel in regions with oppressive summer heat as its roots must remain moist and cool. In frost free areas it is nearly evergreen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Burgundy, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Pink, Burgundy, Silver

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No