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PlantFiles: Bolivian Begonia
Begonia boliviensis 'Santa Cruz Sunset'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: boliviensis (boh-liv-ee-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Santa Cruz Sunset

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive REBLOOMER On Sep 14, 2013, REBLOOMER from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew 'Santa Cruz Sunset' from seed started in mid February 2013 indoors under lights with a heat mat. It germinated in approximately 12 days (had 10 seeds from Parks and they all germinated) but grew very slowly. Once it was large enough to transfer to larger pots, it seemed to start growing quickly. I had read you don't need to pinch this begonia back as it grows to make it bushier. I recommend that you do. It really didn't start to fill out as much as I wanted until I started pinching some of the tips back and wish I had done so sooner. Other than that I am very pleased with it and recommend it to anyone who has some patience. I will grow again this winter and try planting in the flower bed too. Hummingbirds seem to like it and it can take quite a bit of sun and heat. Don't over water, it's drought resistant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cary, North Carolina

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