Begonia semperflorens (wax begonia)
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“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 KJV
Begonia semperflorens come in dwarf varieties that grow to be only 6″-8″ high, and tall varieties that grow to be 10″-12″ high. They come in white, red, pink, and salmon. Some have green foliage, and others have either bronze or a mixture of green and bronze.
Although often treated as an annual in planting zones 8 and under, they are actually “tender” perennials that grow unhindered in planting zones 9-11. If you want to keep them for more than one season you will have to bring them indoors for the winter as soon as freezing temperatures are predicted. Some can tolerate full sun, but most prefer partial shade, and rich evenly moist soil.
When treated with tenderness you can count on them to bloom from May all the way through October. They are beautiful in mass plantings, and also in containers.
“Begonias” by Theresa Anne Moore
B eckoning blossoms we all know
E namor the garden with soft pink glow
G listening leaves with waxen sheen
O verspread bedding with bronze and green
N ot ill-mannered nor stepping on toe
I mpatiens will certainly tell you so
A ffectionate friends that will always be seen
S haring their beauty transforming the scene
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