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Perennials – Polka Dot Begonia

  • Polka dot begonia

Botanical name: begonia maculata 

Average size at maturity: up to 3 ft in height and 2 ft in width 

Bloom time: summer, fall 

Hardy zone: zones 9-12

Flower color: pink/red/white 

Foliage color: green/red/white

Growth rate: grows no more than 1 ft per year 

Pruning needs: deadhead and trim foliage as needed 

Landscape use: tropical shade garden 

Light needs: no more than 5 hours of sun per day

Special features: natural white dots on foliage 

Water needs: allow soil to fully dry between watering sessions 

Fertilizing needs: use a 10-10-10 slow release liquid fertilizer after planting and continue once a month throughout the summer

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