Gryphon Begonia foliage
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Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Group/Class: Rex Begonia
A wonderful fast growing and low maintenance variety, perfect for shady landscapes and patio containers; an upright-mounded habit plant that produces large, glossy grey-green leaves with silver variegation, contrasted by deep orange-red stems
Gryphon Begonia's attractive deeply cut lobed palmate leaves remain silver in color with distinctive grayish green veins throughout the year. It features dainty clusters of shell pink orchid-like flowers with creamy white overtones at the ends of the stems from late summer to mid fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Gryphon Begonia is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Gryphon Begonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Gryphon Begonia will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Gryphon Begonia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.