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Begonia (Hardy Begonia)
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Including Begonia grandis ‘Heron’s Pirouette’, Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana ‘Alba’, and Begonia sutherlandii

Begonia

Hardy Begonia


Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana ‘Alba’  partial shade

This fetching winter-hardy tuberous Begonia has lots to toot its horn about. The mounded, gleaming green clump presents attractive, large angel-wing leaves sporting red veins, branched stems with cardinal-hued nodes and exquisite panicles of yellow-centered white flowers. A perfect companion for fellow shade dwellers like Pulmonarias and Impatiens omeiana, ‘Alba’ appears late spring, requiring mulch in cold winter locales and slightly acidic, well-drained moisture-retentive soil.

Blooms July–September

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 12"–18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana ‘Alba’ (P-1924)
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Begonia grandis ‘Heron’s Pirouette’  partial shade
Begonia grandis Heron’s Pirouette Begonia grandis Heron’s Pirouette

Though the polished triangular foliage resembles the species, it was the masses of deep pink, nearly 12 in. long flower clusters, pirouetting with a dancer’s grace that caught Dan Hinkley’s keen eye during a 1997 Japanese expedition. Draped on slender pendulous stems, the richly hued flowers, highlighted by lavender accents, deliver a splendid nonstop performance from June until fall; later warm pink seed heads provide a midautumn encore.

Relishing well-drained soil and bright shade, this delicate-looking hardy Begonia is a sterling choice for a container or for massing as a bedding plant.

Blooms June – early October.

Size: 15" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Begonia grandis ‘Heron’s Pirouette’ (P-1643)
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Begonia sutherlandii  partial shade
Begonia sutherlandii

A hardy denizen of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, this exotic-looking tuberous Begonia sends up jagged-edged bright green foliage beneath a lovely cascade of clear orange flowers supported by pale red stems. The alluring summer long display complements Viola ‘Silver Gem’ or Saxifrage ‘Maroon Beauty’.

Blooms June-August

Size: 6" high x 18" wide. Zone 7/8.

Begonia sutherlandii (P-0727)
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