Shrub Begonia

31 May

Shrub Begonia (Begonia boliviensis), deciduous perennial, 2-3 ft. in height, profusion of long, fuchsia-like red-orange flowers open from spring through fall, sun to part shade, likes rich soil and even moisture, ideal for hanging baskets, containers, and cascading over walls.

Begonia is a large genus in the Begoniaceae family, with many tuberous or rhizomatous species. Probably this genus is best known for its showy tuberous hybrids that are summer growers, tender, and dormant in winter.

Begonia boliviensis is a tuberous species native to Bolivia. It has small orange-red flowers and can be grown as a pot plant. They do best in part sun and blooms prolifically during mediterranean-type summers if planted in the ground where they can reach 2-3ft (<1 meter) tall. Propagation is easy by cuttings. If cutting is taken during summer, it will form a thumb sized tuber by winter and will go deciduous like adult plants and return in late spring.

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