Botanical Name: Begonia grandis evansiana
Species: B. grandis
Synonyms: B. evansiana. Andr.
Common Names: Hardy Begonia
Habnitat:Begonia grandis evansiana is native to E. Asia – China, Japan, Himalayas(Malaya). It grows on shady slopes or wet places. In moist rocky wall of valley, in dense forests of valley by streams as wall as on rocks by streams or under shrubberies of valley; 100 – 1100 metres.
Begonia grandis evansiana is a herbaceous perennial plant with interesting bold foliage growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate. Large, dark olive-green leaves with red veining and colorful undersides are held on 2-foot reddish stems. Once established it is surprisingly tolerant of dry shade.
In late July, branch tips sparkle with clusters of pendulous, white-to-pink 1-inch flowers that continue until frost and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.
Requires a well-drained soil. Does not require high light intensities, succeeding in full sun or partial shade. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7. Plants tolerate temperatures down to about -5°c, and can be grown outdoors in the milder areas of the country if given the shelter of a wall. This same report gives the plant a hardiness zone rating of 6 (tolerating temperatures down to about -20°c). Grows well outdoors in Cornwall amongst trees and shrubs. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Fragrant flowers.
The tuberous roots and fruits are anodyne, antiphlogistic and antispasmodic. Stimulates blood circulation. A decoction is used in the treatment of traumatic pain, haematemesis, gonorrhoea, post-partum vaginal discharge, amenorrhoea and snakebites.
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Massing, Specimen, Woodland garden.This flower is grows to beautify the garden.
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