BE­GO­NIA GRANDIS SUBSP. EVANSIANA VAR. ALBA

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I like be­go­nias mainly for their asym­met­ri­cal leaves and their long f low­er­ing pe­riod, but if, like this one, they are also hardy, then all the bet­ter. Some­times, when I’ve grown this par­tic­u­lar one in a pot, I’ve thought that it might not have sur­vived the win­ter, as of­ten it can be hard to see if it is still there or not un­til June. Then all of a sud­den, it comes to life in all its glory. It has del­i­cate, white f low­ers and the un­der­sides of the leaves are bur­gundy coloured. It even grows on dry, shady ground.

Height 50cm. Ori­gin China, Ja­pan. Con­di­tions Well-drained soil; part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H4, USDA 6a-9b. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer to au­tumn.

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