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Amazingly deep color and texture.

Begonia Summer Storm

Lower growing with large, colorful, textured leaves.

Begonias are plentiful, but not many stand up to the heat and humidity as well as Summer Storm. Bred by tropical plant lover and former Smithsonian Museum Taxonomist, John Boggan, this new selection has held up beautifully in his D.C. garden for years. 

Deep eggplant purple leaves have a celery green, silverish veil. Peachy-pink flowers come mid-summer and last until fall. This selection is wider than tall and covered in puckered leaves with deep purple, almost black veins. 

Using genetics from several Begonia species in his breeding, John's goal was to find begonias that would stand up to the grueling heat and humidity of the mid-Atlantic and prove to be much hardier and more resilient than average rex begonias. 

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Summer Storm begonia
  • Botanical Name

    Begonia 'Summer Storm' PPAF
  • Type

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color

    Rosy pink

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    15-18" tall by 24" wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Part shade - afternoon shade preferred
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well-drained.
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, containers, hanging baskets
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture, URC

Available Photos

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