Hardy Begonia (Begonia grandis) in the Begonias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 12 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: Forms clumps 12 to 24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by Bluespiral (Oella, MD - Zone 7b) on Nov 1, 2015 11:54 PM

I don't believe this plant has ever found a spot in my garden it didn't like - it would self-sow everywhere if I let it. But since it has an overall elegant appearance, blooms in dark, unwatered places at the end of summer, and was a favorite of Hiroshige and Kunisada woodblock prints during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1858), who could relegate it to the compost pile? And then there's always the "Free to Good Home" sign for the street...

(many thank-yous to Critterologist for giving me my first plant)

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2012 11:46 AM

The Hardy Begonia looks like a 2 ft. tall Angel Wing Begonia and has showy pink clusters of flowers in late summer and fall. Grow in good soil in shade. It spreads rapidly when happy by bulblets that fall off the stems. While the Hardy Begonia is fully hardy to at least zone 6b, it may need some protection from cold in the north.

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