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Products > Begonia 'Cachuma'
 
Begonia 'Cachuma' - Cachuma Begonia
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Begoniaceae (Begonias)
Origin: North America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (Begonia carrieae x B. unknown)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Begonia 'Cachuma' - A great evergreen rhizomatous begonia that grows to 18 inches tall by 2 feet wide with large deeply cleft star shaped green leaves that can measure to 15 inches wide by 1 foot long attached on the long red petioles that with the leaf margins have attractive 3/8 inch long scale-like red hairs. Though primarily grown for its foliage, the inch and a half wide pale pink flowers on three-foot long stems in late winter and early spring are also very attractive. Plant in part to full shade in a well-drained and rich amended soil and irrigate regularly to occasionally but allowing soil to dry between watering. Is has proven hardy to at least 30 F. Begonia 'Cachuma' is a great plant for a large container or in a protected spot in a frost free garden. It is classified as a giant cleft leaved rhizomatous begonia. It is a hybrid created by Santa Barbara's phenomenal plantsman Rudy Ziesenhenne in 1973, who named and released it in 1975. It is a cross between Begonia carrieae with an unknown pollen parent. The seed parent Begonia carrieae is a species that Thomas MacDougall discovered in Chiapas, Mexico in 1967 and was described by Rudy Ziesenhenne in the May, 1976 issue of the The Begonian, the journal of the American Begonia Society and he named in honor of Carrie Karegeannes, who was the Nomenclature Director for the American Begonia Society and later part of the KOLZ Begonia Research Center. Ziesenhenne named several of his cultivars for Santa Barbara locations including his Begonia 'Lotusland' and Begonia 'Yanonali' and this one which was named for the area's primary reservoir and recreational lake along the Santa Inez River just north of Santa Barbara. The name comes from the local native people, the Chumash, name for the a village that would have been located along the south shore of Lake Cachuma where there is now a county park. Our thanks go out to Mike Flaherty, who long had the wonder Gazebo Plants and Flowers nursery in Montecito, who got us our start of this plant.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Begonia 'Cachuma'.