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BabyWing® Red Begonia

Begonia 'BabyWing Red'

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BabyWing Red Begonia (Begonia 'BabyWing Red') at Roger's Gardens

BabyWing® Red Begonia flowers

BabyWing® Red Begonia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

BabyWing Red Begonia (Begonia 'BabyWing Red') at Roger's Gardens

BabyWing® Red Begonia flowers

BabyWing® Red Begonia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Cane, Angel Wing

Group/Class:  Wax Begonia

Brand:  Ball


An upright, mounded selection that provides season-long maintenance-free beauty in landscapes and containers; very floriferous; heat tolerant and handles stressful conditions well

Ornamental Features

BabyWing® Red Begonia features dainty nodding scarlet orchid-like flowers with yellow throats at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid fall. Its attractive small glossy pointy leaves remain green in color with showy burgundy variegation throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

BabyWing® Red Begonia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. 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

BabyWing® Red Begonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

BabyWing® Red Begonia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 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 should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. 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.

BabyWing® Red Begonia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. 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
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features