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Products > Begonia 'Freddie'
 
Begonia 'Freddie'
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Begoniaceae (Begonias)
Origin: North America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (B. manicata 'Aureo-maculata' x B. barkeri)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Begonia 'Freddie' - A giant leafed rhizomatous begonia with entire rounded leaves that are glossy green on top and red underneath. The intermittent branched flower spikes can be present year-round in a mild climate and are held above the foliage with bright reddish pink flowers.

Plant in part shade (~4 hours of sun) to filtered light in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly. Has withstood short duration cold temperatures down to 28F in our nursery without damage. A great specimen plant for a large container in mild climates, this plant has been known to grow leaves that are 3 feet around in Hawaii though typical growth in southern California is 18-24 inches. Also, quite adaptable as a houseplant and has been recommended for beginners because of its ease of growth in "Begonias, The Complete Reference Guide" by Mildred and Edward Thompson.

Begonia 'Freddie' was hybridized by legendary Begonia hybridizer Rudolph Ziesenhenne (1911-2005) at his Santa Barbara nursery by crossing Begonia manicata aureo-maculata with Begonia barkeri. He named this outstanding Begonia for his son Fred and named his other plants after Santa Barbara area locations or people living in the area such as Begonia 'Lotusland', Begonia 'Cachuma', Begonia 'Yanonali' and Begonia 'Ramirez' that was named for a Santa Barbara gardener. 

This information about Begonia 'Freddie' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.