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Begonia 'Sophie Cecile'

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Sophie Cecile Begonia (Begonia 'Sophie Cecile') at Roger's Gardens

Sophie Cecile Begonia flowers

Sophie Cecile Begonia flowers

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Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  28 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Cane, Angel Wing

Group/Class:  Wax Begonia

Description:

This large cane variety has highly ornamental leaves that are dark green with silver spots with deep ridges; a bushy habit that branches freely; clusters of bright pink flowers from spring to fall; great for garden beds or containers

Ornamental Features

Sophie Cecile Begonia features dainty nodding pink orchid-like flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid fall. Its attractive textured lobed leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive silver spots throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sophie Cecile Begonia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Sophie Cecile Begonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Sophie Cecile Begonia will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 28 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sophie Cecile Begonia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features