Botanical Name: Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire'
Height: 18 - 36 inches.
Spacing: 12 inches.
Depth: Same as in the pot.
Spread: 24 - 36 inches.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partila shade. In heavy shade, growth is slowed and blooms are smaller.
Color: Fiery red-orange blossoms.
Foliage: Jagged narrow bright green leaves with serrated edges and red margins.
Blooms: All Summer until frost.
Form: Tender perennial.
Flower Form: Pendulous blooms up to 2 inches long.
Soil Requirements: Fertile, well-drained soil or a commercial potting mix.
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast growth rate.
Pruning: None necessary.
Comments: What makes this plant special is that it is not only beautiful but is maintenance free. As it grows, it forms corms which hold moisture for the plant allowing it to withstand drought conditions and still look great. It is fairly fast growing, reaching 24 inches in as little as 4 weeks. Enjoy a nice rounded, bushy tender perennial that also never needs pruning. The spent blooms fall off to make room for new ones. Plants are covered with bright red-orange blooms beginning in late Spring and lasting all Summer.
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