Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana

hardy begonia

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A truly hardy begonia! This herbaceous perennial has interesting bold foliage with wonderful late season flowers. In late July, branch tips sparkle with clusters of pendulous, white-to-pink 1-inch flowers that continue until frost. Another great quality is its eye-catching foliage. Large, dark olive-green leaves with red veining and colorful undersides are held on 2-foot reddish stems. Once established it is surprisingly tolerant of dry shade.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: light to deep shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: bold foliage and midsummer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Acer griseum, Smilacina racemosa, Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’

Great Color Contrasts: lavender, silver

Great Color Partners: white, pink, burgundy

Culture Notes
Hardy begonia will grow best in rich well-drained soils in light, open, dappled, or deep shade. New growth is often slow to appear and often will not be robust until the summer temperatures rise. Regular watering during dry periods will keep the plants healthy and flowering well into autumn. In autumn this hardy begonia self-propagates by tiny bulblets which form where the leaf joins the stem. Allow plants to collapse and decompose in place to allow the tiny bulblets to grow next spring. A light layer of compost will give a tidy appearance and help protect the bulblets.
Geek Notes
Native to Japan, China, and Malaysia