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BEGONIA 'Senator Scarlet'

Image of Begonia 'Senator Scarlet' (Semperflorens Cultorum Group, SENATOR SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Senator Scarlet'( Semperflorens Cultorum Group, SENATOR SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Fibrous Begonia, Senator Scarlet Begonia, Wax Begonia

General Description

Wax begonias in the Senator Series are a terrific group of bronze-red leaved plants that produce abundant flowers all summer. The cultivar ‘Senator Scarlet' bears many bright scarlet red flowers all season. This tender perennial is a popular bedding plant due to its compact habit, dense branching and vigorousness.

Plant wax begonia in sites with partial sun to shade and fertile evenly moist soil that is amply drained. The begonia's waxy leaves and stems give it limited tolerance to drier soils, but moist (but never soggy) organic-rich soil yields the fullest growth. Plants will tolerate full sun where summers are cool and temperate. The bronze-colored foliage of these begonias will have greener tones if plants are grown in deep shade. They are ideal for shaded borders, beds and containers.

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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Dark Green, Burgundy, 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No