AmeriHybrid® Ruffled Red Begonia
Begonia 'AmeriHybrid Ruffled Red'
AmeriHybrid® Ruffled Red Begonia flowers
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Height: 16 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 9b
Group/Class: Tuberous Begonia Hybrid
Brand: PanAmerican Seed
A stunning mounded begonia, presenting large, ruffled, bright scarlet double flowers that are produced throughout the season, contrasted by glossy dark green leaves; grows well in humid conditions; great for containers, or hanging baskets
AmeriHybrid® Ruffled Red Begonia features dainty nodding scarlet round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. Its attractive serrated heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
AmeriHybrid® Ruffled 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;
AmeriHybrid® Ruffled Red Begonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
AmeriHybrid® Ruffled Red Begonia will grow to be about 16 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 12 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.
AmeriHybrid® Ruffled 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.