January 29, 2020

A Place in the Sun

Begonia x hiemalis 'Solenia Dusty Rose'

Janine Pineo Photo | Begonia x hiemalis ‘Solenia Dusty Rose’

Begonia x hiemalis ‘Solenia Dusty Rose’ is unlike most begonias you may have seen or grown: This begonia can thrive in full sun. The Hiemalis or Rieger begonias are a cross between the wax begonia and the tuberous kind. The result is a tougher type of begonia that can tolerate sunshine, heat and wind. It also is highly resistant to powdery mildew. The plant can reach about a foot in height with a width up to twice its height. Topping the heart-shaped, dark green leaves, are the double blooms, which are about 3 inches wide and put on a show during the entire growing season. It is not cold hardy, although it can withstand temps just above freezing.