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Begonia bolivensis ‘Bossa Nova’

Begonia bolivensis ‘Bossa Nova’ is a trailing Begonia. It blossoms profusely with white hanging flowers from reddish-pink stems. This makes it a perfect plant for hanging baskets. But you also see it planted in borders and containers. It has the typical pointed, serrated green leaves that make most begonias recognizable.

Begonia Bolivensis ‘Bossa Nova’ is a tuberous begonia and the stems grow from the tuberous to a height of 12-18in or 30 to 45cm. It belongs to the Begoniaceae family of plants.

Begonia Bolivensis 'Bossa Nova'
Begonia Bolivensis ‘Bossa Nova’

It is native to Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. Hugh Weddell originally identified it in the Bolivian Andes, in 1857. However, it was brought to Europe later in 1864 by Richard Pearce and introduced by Veitch Nursery in 1867, in Paris.

This is one of the tuberous begonias in the hybridization of the popular Begonia sedenii. Though it is native to colder climates of the mountains, it tolerates warmer climates and it doesn’t mind if the soil gets a bit dry. Plant them in rich moist soil with very good drainage.

Begonia Bolivensis 'Bossa Nova'
Begonia Bolivensis ‘Bossa Nova’

This tuberous Begonia is deciduous and re-spouts each season. It could benefit from a liquid fertilizer during the growing season. It flowers all summer and fall. It prefers partial-shade though it benefits from a good amount of light. You should always shelter begonias from the wind. All and all they are easy to grow and easy to care for.

Also read about Begonia cucullata and Begonia semperflorens.

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