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 28°F. 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 Ganna Walska and her wonderful Lotusland garden where many of his begonias had been planted, he named it Begonia 'Lotusland' in 1999. The pictures on this page taken in the fern garden at Ganna Walska Lotusland.
Ziesenhenne named his other plants after Santa Barbara area locations or people living in the area such as Begonia 'Lotusland', Begonia 'Cachuma', Begonia 'Yanonali' and named Begonia 'Freddie' after his son and named Begonia 'Ramirez' for a Santa Barbara gardener.
The information about Begonia 'Lotusland' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.