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Begonia grandis ssp grandis

18th May 2005

This is the best known of the hardy Begonias, commonly listed as Begonia grandis evansiana. I always find it obstinate in the garden. Too hot and it dries up, too cold and it doesn't develop fully. Too wet and it rots, too dry and gets stunted.

On the plus side, where it is well suited it is fantastic. At the end of summer it produces bulbils in the leaf axils that allow mass propagation for the following year.

The pink flowers are an exotic and unexpected addition to the autumn scene.

24th September 2005

5th October 2008

The best plant this year was left to get on with it in a wet shaded location, and without me to fuss about the place, it has prospered.