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PlantFiles: Hardy Begonia
Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: grandis (GRAN-dees) (Info)
Cultivar: Heron's Pirouette

Synonym:Begonia evansiana
Synonym:Begonia grandis subsp. evansiana

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From bulbils

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive opera_fiore On Oct 11, 2008, opera_fiore from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

Beautiful, trouble free, free seeding shade beauties. I have them everywhere.

Positive plantsonthepoint On Aug 13, 2008, plantsonthepoint from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a great way to bring bright color to the shade garden throughout even the hottest months of the year. The only problem I have found is that, (maybe with too much water,) some entire stalks will rot right at the soil level. Any suggestions?

Positive icuraqt On Jun 11, 2008, icuraqt from Warner Robins, GA wrote:

The hardy begonia is a beautiful, dependable plant! I have it in the ground in the shade, where it proliferates on its own. It also grows well in pots. I can count on it to return year after year. I simply dig the small plants from around the mother plant and put in pots or other places in the ground.


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

Barling, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Prospect, Connecticut
Atlanta, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Warner Robins, Georgia
New Harmony, Indiana
Clemmons, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Waxhaw, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Gillett, Texas
Chesterfield, Virginia
Artondale, Washington
Bainbridge Island, Washington

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