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Surefire® Red Begonia benariensis

  • Sun or Shade
Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
2' 2' 61cm 61cm
Height: 12" - 2'
Spread: 18" - 2'
Height: 30cm - 61cm
Spread: 46cm - 61cm
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  • Details

    12 - 24 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    30cm - 61cm
    30cm - 46cm
    46cm - 61cm


    Tough, vigorous plants with great landscape and container performance.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 24 Inches 30cm - 61cm
    12 - 18 Inches 30cm - 46cm
    18 - 24 Inches 46cm - 61cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Rich Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun or Shade

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in containers and landscapes.  Great when planted in masses and an excellent plant for combinations as well.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    These plants are versatile working in both sun or shade, which makes them a wonderful unifying plant to use in both sun and shade beds.  Unlike older begonias, these are quite vigorous.  They can tolerate some drought conditions, but will look their best with more consistent moisture and regular feeding. They love the heat and do not need to be deadheaded to bloom all summer long.  What's not to love!

  • 4 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I received my two plants this spring season '23 and already despite the cold spring this year, the plants took hold and are growing well..since the weather has warmed up some, the plants continue to perform..No deadheading is necessary . The seem to almost take care of themselves. I was amazed at the shine on these leaves..the glossiness is reflecting sunlight brilliantly..didnt quite expect that but Ill take it..Im predicting that they will continue to do well. I recommend this cultivar very highly.

      , New York
      , United States
      , 51 weeks ago
    • This was a disappointment this summer. Zone 9b part shade, didn't do much. At some point it finally got established. Maybe it doesn't like 108*? This fall as it has cooled the plant became a red beacon about 2 feet tall and shinny. It looks good with deep red snapdragons and white creeping daises. It will need frost protection and I am wondering if a frost blanket will be enough? Regardless, I will grow more of these next summer in my low bowls so I can plant them out in fall. I like the leaf color of the red better than the rose.

      , California
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • These begonia's performed wonderfully in pots. They grew at least 2 feet tall and nearly swallowed up the Cordiline spikes I had as the thriller. They could be the thriller in pots by themselves. They have very sturdy stems and just as the description states, they did not need dead heading. The only cons I see with this plant is that it drops some of the flower petals with a strong wind creating small messes and the stems tend to grow wildly in different directions.

      Denise A.
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Hope Rose
      , Nebraska
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
  • 36 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2022 Perfect Score University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    2022 Top Performer UGA
    2022 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2022 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Morris
    2022 Silver Medal Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2022 Directors Select, Best Performance, Shade Penn State
    2022 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2022 Top Performer - Beds North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2022 Perfect Score Iowa State
    2022 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville
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