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PlantFiles: Hybrid Rhizomatous Begonia
Begonia 'Freddie'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Freddie

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody 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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive begoniacrazii On Sep 3, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A rhizomatous begonia hybrid by Rudy Ziesenhenne from the 1950's. 'Freddie' is a cross between B. manicata aureo-maculata X B. barkeri

Positive Kell On Sep 3, 2006, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Rudolph Ziesenhenne of Santa Barbara hybridized Begonia 'Freddie'. The shiny green leaves are huge with a great red reverse. Small pink flowers grow up above the big leaves, on tall thin stems The They are pale pink or near white on a stalk held above the foliage. It can live outside in mild climates or be grown as striking houseplant.

Neutral palmbob On Mar 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

large leaf begonia with pink to pinkish white flowers on long, branhed stalks. Leaves rounded and fuzzy on the surface.


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

Huntington Beach, California
San Leandro, California
Lancaster, South Carolina
Spokane, Washington

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