September 2010 Plant Profile: Begonia grandis ‘Heron’s Pirouette’

Probably one of the most elegant of all late summer to fall blooming perennials, this hardy begonia has been loved and admired by many avid gardeners since plantsman, Dan Hinkley, brought it back from Japan in 1997. It is somewhat late to emerge in the spring and it grows from a hardy tuber. The large, almost succulent leaves and stems provide a backdrop to airy inflorescences that dance in the breeze and soft pink, bubble gum flowers have a very faint, but pleasing fragrance. They produce little baby bulbils on the nodes of the stems so there’s always volunteers to share with gardening friends!

Common Name: Hardy Begonia
Location: Soest Garden Bed 5 (with a few volunteers in Bed 7 where it used to be)
Family: Begoniaceae
Origin: Japan
Height: 15-24″
Spread: 1.5-2ft.
Bloom Time: August-October
Bloom Type/Color: Pendulous racemes of soft, shell-pink with bright yellow stamens.
Exposure: Part to Full Shade
Water/Soil: Well drained, but consistently moist.

3 Responses to “September 2010 Plant Profile: Begonia grandis 'Heron's Pirouette'”

  1. i got some from emerald city gardens (formerly known as Fremont Gardens) and I love this plant immensely!!!

  2. Soest Gardener, Riz Reyes

    Yikes! That’s what I get for copying, pasting and NOT double checking! I even got the flower color wrong! LOL!! Thanks, Tracy! All updated and correct now! yes, part to full shade!