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Begonia 'Richmondensis' - Richmond Begonia
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Begoniaceae (Begonias)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Begonia x richmondensis, Hort.]
Parentage: (seedling of B. 'Digswelliana)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Begonia 'Richmondensis' (Richmond Begonia) A shrubby plant that grows to 2 feet tall by an equal width with red stems holding attractive semi-succulent and glossy oval shaped leaves that are dark green above with red undersides and red scalloped and toothed margins. In frost free locations the salmon-pink flowers bloom throughout the year and are held near the branch tips. Plant in a well-drained soil in bright shade or part sun (can take nearly full sun along coast) with more intense light bringing out the best reddish colors. Water occasionally to regularly. Hardy to 25-30 degrees F. Pinch tips of stems to encourage branching and occasionally prune hard to rejuvenate and shape. A great plant for a hanging basket, potted specimen or planted in the ground. In Mildred and Edward Thompson's Begonia: The Completed Reference Guide (New York Times Books, 1981) this cultivar is noted as first being described in 1939 as a seedling of the red evergreen flowering Begonia 'Digswelliana', itself a hybrid created in 1865 from cross between Begonia fuchsioides and Begonia semperflorens. The Thompsons categorized it as "shrub-like, bare-leaved, small leaved everblooming type; fragrant, pink, everblooming; profuse". We also grow a white flowering plant called Begonia acutifolia that is sometimes called "White Richmondensis Begonia".  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Begonia 'Richmondensis'.