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Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum 'Senator Scarlet'

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)
Cultivar: Senator Scarlet

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood 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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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ironworker25 On Jan 6, 2012, ironworker25 from Brighton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased this plant on clearance late spring just for some added color. The one-quart container plant that only got morning sun easily tripled in size over the summer. It bloomed the entire time it was in the ground and was extremely visible from the road, (150 ft away). I just loved this plant and wish I would have gotten more. If I'd known earlier, I would have dug it up and brought it inside and took cuttings to make more. I agree with previous posts, do not over-water. Highly recommend this plant.

Positive Don_Mader On Jun 10, 2006, Don_Mader from Victoria, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Flowers year round in Victoria,TX.

Positive Lanan On Mar 2, 2005, Lanan from Hawkinsville, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant also over-wintered in my garden this year (2004-2005).

Positive PvillePlanter On Nov 2, 2004, PvillePlanter from Pflugerville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Colorful, hardy, low maintenance flowering plants great around trees or front of borders. Mine grow as perenials in zone 8b


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

Tempe, Arizona
Cool, California
Hawkinsville, Georgia
New Orleans, Louisiana
Opelousas, Louisiana
Acton, Maine
Brighton, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Broaddus, Texas
Houston, Texas
Pflugerville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Danville, Virginia

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