Begonia 'Lucerna' (C)
'Lucerna' is a strong-growing, erect cane-stem begonia with obliquely ovate, olive green leaves heavily spotted with silver, and large panicles of pink flowers 3-4cm across in summer
SynonymsBegonia corallina 'Lucerna'
Begonia × corallina 'Lucerna'
see moreBegonia 'Corallina de Lucerna'
Begonia 'Carolina de Lucerna'
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
Colour & scent
|Spring||Green Grey Silver|
|Summer||Pink||Green Grey Silver|
|Autumn||Green Grey Silver|
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Columnar upright
Begonia can be annuals, evergreen or deciduous perennials or shrubs, with fibrous, tuberous or rhizomatous roots and usually asymmetrical leaves, often strikingly patterned, and small or large flowers, both male and female in the same cluster
- Name status
- Horticultural Group
- Cane-stem begonias are erect, evergreen perennials with fibrous roots and cane-like stems with asymmetrical, strongly toothed leaves, often strikingly marked, and showy flower clusters in spring or summer
How to grow
Grow outdoors in well-drained humus-rich, neutral to acidic soil. Grow in good but not direct light in a frost-free area. Under glass grow in well drained loam-less or loam-based compost. Will not tolerate water logging. See Begonias: outdoors for further advice.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
- Mediterranean climate plants
- Low Maintenance
No pruning required
May be infected by powdery mildews, stem rot and rhizome rot
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