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Begonia 'Red Fred'

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Begoniaceae (Begonias)
Origin: North America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (B. 'Freddie' seedling)
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 'Red Fred' - A large leaf rhizomatous begonia with rounded heart shaped 10 inch wide leaves that are glossy maroon with green venation on the upper surface and red underneath. These leaves have a puffy texture between the leaf veins and are held on light green petioles covered with red scales. In late winter into spring appear small pink and red flowers that rise well above foliage in a tightly branched inflorescence. Plant in bright shade or morning sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly. Should prove hardy to short duration cold temperatures below 30F but we have not tested it for this. This plant was a seedling of Begonia 'Freddie' raised by Brad Thompson at the late Mark Bartholomew's Hi-Mark Nursery. It was selected from the seedflat and named in 2005 by Mike Flaherty of Gazebo Plants in Santa Barbara. The parent plant Begonia 'Freddie' was created by legendary Begonia hybridizer Rudolph Ziesenhenne (1911-2005) at his Santa Barbara nursery by crossing Begonia manicata aureo-maculata with Begonia barkeri. More information on this plant on our listing for Begonia Freddie. 'Red Fred' is a very nice container specimen for mild climate garden. Though it has considerably redder foliage, it smaller leaves, less showy flowers and is a bit fussier than 'Freddie' so requires soil that drains very well.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Begonia 'Red Fred'.