Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens-cultorum)
bah-GO-nyah semperflorens-cultorum

Deciduous Perennial (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Begoniaceae Family

About Wax Begonias

Often called “Wax Begonias,” for their shiny, waxy leaves, Begonia semperflorens are a bit “vertically challenged” which makes them a beautiful choice for borders and the outside edge of mixed containers. These plants will tolerate partial shade to full sun, depending on how hot and humid their growing environment is: they’ll grow taller but bloom less in shady areas, and will be shorter but have more blooms in sun, but are prone to burning in full-sun, dry, very hot conditions.


  • Will tolerate partial shade to full sun
  • Blooms from spring until first frost
  • Doesn’t require deadheading for continuous blooms
  • Beautiful along borders or in containers


  • Prefers consistently moist soil, which could mean daily watering during hot weather…
  • … But will wilt and/or rot if overwatered
  • Needs well-draining, loose soil to grow and thrive
  • Does best in humid conditions (only a con if you have curly hair and/or an aversion to feeling slightly sticky all the time)
  • Susceptible to botrytis blight, a fungal leaf disease / solution: water the soil, not the foliage
This plant is probably not winter-hardy outdoors where you live.

Plant Data

Mature Size 6 - 18 inches tall. 8 - 12 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Dry - Medium
Zones 8a - 11b (Usually hardy to 10° F)
Tags Annual in Chicago, Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Deciduous, Dry, Extended Bloom Time, Filler, Full Sun, Good for Bedding, Good for Mass Planting, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Medium, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Shade Tolerant, Showy Flowers, Tender Perennial
Bloom Period Spring - Fall



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