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Begonia grandis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
beh-GO-nee-ah GRAN-dis
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Hardy begonia is a southern heirloom plant which is passed from garden to garden.  It has tuberous roots and a clumping mounding habit.  Because it is hardy plant it outdoors in shady borders, woodland gardens, or along walkways or other small spaces.  Be sure to mulch it heavily in the winter.  It prefers rich, moist well-drained soils, do not allow soils to dry out.

Propagation: Bulbils formed in leaf axils

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#hardy#showy flowers#partial shade#small spaces#heavy shade#perennial#wildlife plant#pink flowers#deep shade#shade garden#tuberous#fall interest#black walnut#cpp#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#heirloom#woodland#naturalizes#borders#self-seeding#pollinator plant#clumping#mid-summer flowers#border front#late summer flowers#shade border#walkway planting#flowers early fall#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hardy#showy flowers#partial shade#small spaces#heavy shade#perennial#wildlife plant#pink flowers#deep shade#shade garden#tuberous#fall interest#black walnut#cpp#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#heirloom#woodland#naturalizes#borders#self-seeding#pollinator plant#clumping#mid-summer flowers#border front#late summer flowers#shade border#walkway planting#flowers early fall#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Begonia
    Species:
    grandis
    Family:
    Begoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are visited by pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    heavy shade, black walnut
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Winged capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Male and female plants are separate. 1" showy pink flowers in dichotomous cymes from mid-summer to fall. Dead-heading flowers will extend bloom.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Asymmetrical, large (4" long) obliquely ovate with cordate bases, serrate margins, pointed tips. Olive green above and red veins beneath.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Heavy Shade
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Kidney failure (in grazing animals), vomiting, salivation in dogs/cats. The most toxic part is underground.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Soluble calcium oxalates
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No