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Wax Begonia, Fibrous-Rooted Begonia

Begonia semperflorens-cultorum

Often treated as an annual plant in our region, wax begonia provides colorful clusters of flowers and glossy foliage for shaded landscapes or bright interiors.

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Begonia semperflorens-cultorum

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Begonia semperflorens-cultorum Plant Information

Scientific Name: Begonia semperflorens-cultorum
Common Name: wax begonia

fibrous-rooted begonia
Family: Begoniaceae
Suggested Uses: herbaceous perennial treated as an annual

beds & borders, container plantings, hanging baskets
Plant Form: rounded
Height: 6 - 18 inches
Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Foliage: glossy green or bronze, ovate leaves

succulent stems with prominent nodes

medium-textured foliage
Flower: white, pink, or red flowers in axillary clusters
Bloom Period: Spring, Summer, Fall
Sun: partial shade - full shade

use bronze foliage varieties in semi-shade situations
Water: medium water requirement
Soil: well-drained, loose, moist, soil with high organic matter
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 9 - 11
Native Range: South America
Maintenance: drip irrigation reduces moisture on leaves and the potential for rot

as an interior plant:  bright, indirect light and allow soil to dry between waterings

propagation by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot and crown rot
Additional Notes: good edging or massing plant for shade

most are F1 hybrids

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