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PlantFiles: Dragon Wing Begonia
Begonia 'Dragon Wing Red'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dragon Wing Red
Additional cultivar information: (Dragon Wing Series, aka Bepared)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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10 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ohsusannah On Apr 25, 2011, ohsusannah from Cedar Hill, TX wrote:

I can't imagine a summer without this plant. It won't survive our winter, but is well worth bringing indoors. I have planted it in the ground, but enjoy it more in large containers, window boxes and hanging baskets. I have easily rooted cuttings in both water and potting mix.

Positive lovethisplant On Jan 22, 2011, lovethisplant from Cathedral City, CA wrote:

I live in the low desert of Southern California (Palm Springs). Summer heat to 120 degrees. Bought this plant, (think this is the plant), at a Lowe's in hanging basket last Spring which I repotted in a large container. Bloomed forever and grew. Summer came and I decided not to throw it out so covered it with a vine growing in same container and watered three times a day. It is under a trellis with shade cloth over trellis. It got pretty scruffy looking but I hung in there. Now in late September it started to look better and grew, and grew. It is four times the size of when I bought it and will not quit blooming. My only question is the pinching back does not work when canes get too long, blooms do not seem to form at these pinched ends. Should I cut out these canes? I am going to attempt keeping it going this coming summer, it is stunningly beautiful.

Positive Vinite On May 31, 2010, Vinite from Grapevine, TX wrote:

I noted that I have had success with this plant in North Central Texas, but there's more to the story. I mulch heavily in winter and cover with burlap when temps are below freezing. After last year's record cold/snow, 3 of the 6 sprouted again, but the others were goners. I purchased another plant and have snapped off portions to plant in the lost areas. They look bad for a short while, but with water and patience, they will be fine. I may overwinter cuttings indoors next winter and see if I can get an earlier start.
This is a very showy plant and I get comments on it all summer. It's been a good performer.

Neutral BayAreaTropics On Mar 26, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Although it bloomed great all summer,it went semi dormant here in the SF bay area,not evergreen like the Angel wing Begonia's that grow here. That was dissapointing since they never had any frost touch them. Just now, near April is it just starting to grow again out of the straggly look..
I doubt I would add more of this hybrid,as I prefer the evergreen Begonia species.

Positive judycooksey On Mar 25, 2006, judycooksey from Pocahontas, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

It can only be grown as a houseplant in our zone. During the summer I keep it on the porch where it gets afternoon sun, water often and fertilize once a month. During the winter it must be protected from low temperatures. I love it's vibrant color.

Positive Scorpioangel On Sep 13, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this begonia .... have to move it indoors every winter so it grows in a pot. Flowers profusely indoors and out.

Positive isom On Aug 9, 2005, isom from Mission BC
Canada (Zone 8b) wrote:

I'm not a big fan of begonias as I find that in my area, they're liable to powdery mildew in the fall & mildews when grown in the house. But dragon wing begonias surpass all other begonias for ease of growing & they put on a lovely show.

They're extremely easy to grow from cuttings & I always start a number each spring to plant outside. I include them in hanging baskets, in large ground planters, & in a large pot or two by themselves. They attract a lot of attention. They do equally well in bright hot sun (with lots of water) & in shade. In shade, the blooms are more pink & in sun, they're red. Both are beautiful.

I bought an original plant 5 years ago when I saw it marked way down. They had been neglected & in hot sun with little water so looked awful but I thought it had potential. From that first plant, I've given many away & started at least a dozen for my own use.

There's no need to worry about storing them properly for the winter. Just trim a plant back & bring indoors or repot a smaller one. They're a little leggier inside from less light but still flower & look gorgeous all winter. Mine have never stopped flowering the whole time!

Positive handbright On Feb 18, 2005, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have seen this plant used in entryways to several subdivisions in my area, (always staked).
I have them all over my yard, and hanging in the trees. Great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, while they (the butterflies) dont drink from the plant, the colour calls them to the other butterfly friendly bushes I have in the yard.
They can get very leggy, and become top heavy and break off, but the constant blooms deserve an applause and are worth the care of staking and tieing, especially in the trees!

Positive captainswife On Mar 31, 2004, captainswife from Rosemount, MN wrote:

This plant grows so beautifully in Minnesota summers outdoors. This year I brought a medium sized one inside to a south/east bay dinette and it grew beautifully all winter and bloomed and bloomed and is still blooming! I feed it every two to three months with Jobes flowering plant spikes and let the plant get to just dry before watering. I now have a large, glorious plant to move out to the deck or three season as soon as the Minnesota weather allows.
I have taken many cuttings of this plant, rooted them in a rooting glass in a south window, and given away many lovely little bloomers all winter!

Positive Quiltqueen On May 27, 2003, Quiltqueen from West Bend, WI wrote:

Friend gave me cutting from her outdoor plant - I kept on kitchen counter all winter - southern exposure - it bloomed continuously and grew to be over 3 ft in diameter. Wonderful at Christmas. Am planting outside last week of May and will pass on cuttings to daughter and friends since it is so prolific and colorful. Will take cuttings in Fall to add color to the house again next Winter.

Positive yvana On Jan 5, 2003, yvana from Stone Mountain, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is a cross between the Angelwing begonia and the Wax begonia, giving it the best qualities of both varieties. Blooms profusely until frost.


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

Alameda, California
Brea, California
Calistoga, California
Carlsbad, California
Cathedral City, California
Clayton, California
Costa Mesa, California
Hayward, California
Los Angeles, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Barbara, California
Bartow, Florida
Gulf Breeze, Florida (2 reports)
Jacksonville, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Folkston, Georgia
Hazlehurst, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Elkhart, Indiana
Newburgh, Indiana
Manhattan, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Annapolis, Maryland
Saline, Michigan
Rosemount, Minnesota
Biloxi, Mississippi
Clinton, Mississippi
Florence, Mississippi
Raymond, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Lewiston, New York
Southold, New York
Gastonia, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Duncan, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Gold Hill, Oregon
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Rockwood, Tennessee
Cedar Hill, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Crockett, Texas
Decatur, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Fabens, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Grapevine, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Humble, Texas
Katy, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Smithville, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Danby, Vermont
Church Road, Virginia
Jonesville, Virginia
West Bend, Wisconsin

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