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BEGONIA 'Super Olympia Red'

Image of Begonia 'Super Olympia Red' (Semperflorens Cultorum Group, SUPER OLYMPIA SERIES)

James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Super Olympia Red'( Semperflorens Cultorum Group, SUPER OLYMPIA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Fibrous Begonia, Super Olympia Red Begonia, Wax Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

Wax or fibrous begonias are classic bedding plants because they are beautiful all season and easy to grow. Though commonly grown as "annuals" these are actually evergreen perennials where hardy. As a group, they are hybrids of three South American species, Begonia cucullata, Begonia hookeri and Begonia schmidtiana.

Low growing and bushy, wax begonias have lustrous, succulent leaves that may be bright green, dark green, red-hued, burgundy or bronze, depending on the selection. Blooms appear continuously, so long as growing conditions are favorable, and may be red, white, pink or rose. There are many cultivars available with different combinations of flower and leaf colors.

Plant these begonias in locations with partial sun and well drained, but evenly moist, fertile soil. They look super in containers, hanging baskets and shaded borders. In colder zones, begonias can be brought indoors to overwinter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    13 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-15" / 15.2cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    8"-18" / 20.3cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Brazil

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

    White, Red, Pink, Rose, Salmon

  • Fruit Color

    Pink, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No