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PlantFiles: Fibrous Rooted Begonia, Wax Begonia
Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: x semperflorens-cultorum (sem-per-FLOR-enz kul-TOR-um) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Mar 15, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Plant this every year in all colors. Sometimes it survives the winter , Sometimes it does not . Well worth the effort .

Positive KiMFDiM On Aug 31, 2005, KiMFDiM from Alden, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased this plant at a local nursery for outdoor use in a pot. Just to experiment, I brought the pot in over the winter (Western New York State). The plant withered some over the winter, but came back 10 fold when I put it back outside in early summer this year. It literally exploded. Very happy with my success up here, and will be bringing it in again this winter. I kept it a little drier over winter and kept it in a south window.

Positive Wingnut On Jun 16, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Tough, easy to grow little plant. Usually used as an annual, but does come back at times in my zone if in a sheltered spot.

Neutral apprentice On Jul 27, 2003, apprentice from Pismo Beach, CA wrote:

I received a begonia as a gift last year; its flowers are salmon-colored, and bloomed consistently for almost a year. Such happiness it's given me! It is in a terra cotta pot in a bright part of my house, although no direct sunlight. I've transplated it once as the plant grew. I find it is a very delicate plant, losing its tubers if overwatered, so care has to be taken not to water too much, and certainly not at the tubers! I'm now having trouble with what looks like yellow and white mushroom-like growths.

Positive cap1 On May 26, 2003, cap1 wrote:

I live in Southwestern Ontario Canada and these little beauties seem to thrive in my clay based flower beds. They have been in bloom since mid April and last until well after the first frost here, mid October most years.

Positive Windsong On Mar 2, 2003, Windsong wrote:

One interesting detail, not mentioned about the Wax Begonia is that some of them also bloom a bright beautiful salmon color. I gave one to a friend. He loves is constantly in bloom for him.

Neutral Terry On Mar 14, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The most common of all begonias; sold as bedding plants in all areas. Some of the many strains of begonia have colored foliage but flower colors are generally white, pink and red. They require a moist, well-drained, fertile soil. They grow in sun or shade, but diseases may be more of a problem in shade. Begonias with green foliage do better in the sun than bronze varieties.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Jones, Alabama
Carlotta, California
Chowchilla, California
Clayton, California
Glen Avon, California
Martinez, California
Rocklin, California
San Leandro, California
Brookfield, Connecticut
Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Lafayette, Louisiana
Crofton, Maryland
Saucier, Mississippi
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Alden, New York
Rochester, New York
Boise City, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Copperas Cove, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
San Antonio, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Spring, Texas
Tremonton, Utah
Herndon, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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