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Begonia 'Paul Hernandez'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Begoniaceae (Begonias)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (Begonia luxurians x B. gehrtii)
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Begonia 'Paul Hernandez' (Paul Hernandez Shrub Begonia) - One of the largest of the shrub begonias, growing moderately fast to 4-6 ft tall and wide (reported even to 8 feet in optimum conditions) with large 2 foot wide palmately-lobed leaves that are a shiny dark olive green with an attractive pustulated texture and red veins on the upper surface and a bright brick red color below. The petioles and lower leaf surface are sparsely covered with coarse reddish hairs. A bit shy to bloom in some climates, it produces large clusters of upright small white flowers with prominent yellow stamens in late winter and spring in Santa Barbara. Plant in morning sun to shade (red coloration best enhanced by brighter light) and irrigate regularly to occasionally but avoid overwatering. Hardy to around 25 F. This plant was hybridized by Patrick Worley in 1981 by crossing the tall cane species Begonia luxurians with Begonia gehrtii, a rhizomatous species with crinkled leaves. It was introduced it in 1985 and has been a popular garden plant in California ever since.  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 'Paul Hernandez'.