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Begonia semperflorens, the bedding begonia, is a popular small, perennial flowering plant. It is usually treated as an annual in the garden, where it flowers reliably from spring through summer, to autumn, on compact, rounded plants. It flowers profusely, from white, pink and red, and also attractive bi-coloured combinations. There are dark leaved varieties, which contrast well with other plants and with the flowers. The waxy leaves help them to resist dry periods. Good for massed plantings, for spotting in between other plants, or for container growing.
Grows well in average to fertile soils, in full sun to partial shade. Tolerates hot and humid summers well, but can be subject to fungal growth such as powdery mildew on the leaves with long wet periods.
Flower colour: white, pink, red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres
Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Planting season: Spring.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.