Begonia 'Bepared' DRAGON WING RED
Common Name: begonia
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Begoniaceae
Zone: 10 to 11
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to frost
Bloom Description: Red
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Dry Soil, Black Walnut

Culture

Frost tender perennial that is grown in St. Louis as an annual. It is noted for its tolerance to hot and humid summers. It is easily grown in average to moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to full shade. Generally appreciates some afternoon shade in the St. Louis area. Plants are best with consistent moisture throughout the growing season, but will tolerate some short periods of drought. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date, purchase starter plants or take cuttings from overwintered plants. Set plants out after last frost date. Container plants may be cut back in fall and overwintered indoors a cool location with reduced watering. Propagation from seed can be difficult due to the small size of the seed, and seed should not be sown directly in the garden.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Begonia is a genus of about 1,300 species of annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers. Most have fleshy stems. Some produce underground tubers or rhizomes. They are grown for their showy flower or colorful leaves; some for both. Begonias can be divided into 7 informal groups by growth habit: Cane-stemmed, Rex-cultorum, Rhizomatous, Sempervirens, Tuberous, Winter-flowering, and Shrub-like.

Cane-like begonias are evergreen, perennial plants primarily from Brazil. They are generally upright growing with bamboo-like stems and are grown for their interesting form as well as attractive leaves and flowers. They have woody stems and fibrous roots.

Genus name honors Michael Begon (1638-1710), Governor of French Canada.

DRAGOON WING RED is a compact F1 hybrid begonia that features angelwing-like, shiny green leaves and large drooping scarlet flowers. It is a compact, bushy, fibrous-rooted plant that typically forms dense mounds to 15-18” tall and as wide of fleshy, semi-trailing stems. It is a superb annual for shaded areas, with flowers reliably blooming throughout the growing season (May to October).

Problems

Subject to whitefly, thrips, mites and mealybug. Watch for powdery mildew and root & stem rots. For more information see: Problems Common to Many Indoor Plants

Garden Uses

Hanging baskets, window boxes, containers or bedding areas. Good plant for accent or edging in shade gardens.