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Products > Begonia 'Lotusland'
 
Begonia 'Lotusland'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Begoniaceae (Begonias)
Origin: North America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Begonia 'Lotusland' - A large thick stem rhizomatous variety to 3 to 4 feet tall that has thick horizontal stems that creep along the ground from which the large shield shapes and lobed dark green leaves arise. Sprays of small deep pink flowers that rise 18 to 24 inches above the foliage are produced nearly year-round - spectacular! Plant in light to deep shade or morning sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly. Hardy to short duration cold temperatures down to around 28F. A great begonia for large spaces in the garden. This variety was introduced into cultivation by the legendary Begonia hybridizer Rudolph Ziesenhenne (1911-2005), who discovered the plant as a chance seedling in his greenhouse at his Santa Barbara nursery in the 1960s. The story goes that it went some time without a name until a National Geographic photographer asked Ziesenhenne about it. To honor Madame Walska and her wonderful Lotusland garden where many of his begonias had been planted, he named it Begonia 'Lotusland'. The pictures on this page taken in the fern garden at Lotusland.  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 'Lotusland'.