BEGONIA SCHARFFIANA

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An in­cred­i­ble but ten­der begonia that we leave out on the ter­race un­til quite late in the year. How­ever, it is not at all hardy so when tem­per­a­tures fall below 10°C, you’ll need to bring it in­side and place it in the green­house or in a cool room. Its large and hairy matt green leaves have purple-red backs and look a lit­tle like ele­phant ears. Above these leaves, hairy and f leshy stems bend un­der the weight of long bunches of large, pink­ish-white and red hairy f low­ers that bloom from July through to early De­cem­ber. It is a strong and dis­ease-re­sis­tant begonia that does well in large pots.

Height 1.2m. Ori­gin Brazil. Con­di­tions Warm hu­mid soil; part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H1C, USDA 10a-11. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer to win­ter.

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