Common name: Hardy Begonia
Botanical name: Begonia grandis Family: Begoniaceae (begonia family)
Large, heart-shaped leaves add a lush, tropical texture in moist, shady
gardens. Leaves have prominent red veins underneath and are especially showy
if backlit by the sun. Well-known garden writer Allen Lacy, describes the
flowers as "a soft rose-pink, translucent and somewhat frosted, like satin
glass." Miraculous over-wintering capabilities aside, Begonia grandis ssp.
evansiana presents a wonderful show in the shade garden from mid-summer on.
Although a late riser in the spring, once it gets going, this clump-forming
tuberous begonia is soon covered with large, pea-green to lime-green leaves
with deep red veining.