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Begonia boliviensis

 
Common name Bolivian begonia
Family begoniaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7b-10)
Flowers orange-red (summer)
Size 24"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes well drained soil
From seed sow barely covered at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Winter-deciduous begonia species from Argentina that covers itself in crimson flowers with flowing curvy petals. In its native habitat, it often chooses the shady sides of cliffs as its home. I have no such habitat in our garden, so if any of my seedlings survive, they'll have to make do with the shady side of a slat fence.

We're just trying this plant for the first time this year; it hasn't found a permanent place in our gardens yet. (click here for a full list)

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Seed-starting details for this plant

[2019 Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (modest% G, 10-17d). Seedlings were so tiny that handling was nearly impossible. Despite considerable care, no seedlings survived. Next year I am planning to direct-sow to the surface of a pot.

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