March 29, 2023
Begonia 'Dragon Wing® Red'

Begonia 'Dragon Wing® Red'

Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’ is a hybrid perennial. Like other begonias, it belongs to the Begoniaceae family of plants. They also call it Angel Wing Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’, Dragon Wing Begonia Red, Cane Begonia Red, Begonia x hybrida ‘Dragon Wings’, Dragon Wing Red Begonia, or Begonia U014.

Begonia 'Dragon Wing® Red'
Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’

Burpee registered the Dragon Wings trademark in 2007 for their U014 species from Argentina. This seemed to be a cultivar of Begonia semperflorens. Though earlier in 1985, Mable Cowin had registered a very similar cultivar with the American Begonia Society, calling it Christmas Candy. The species are identical, but not clear if they are exactly the same breed.

By the way to clarify Cane Begonias are cultivars that have a bamboo-like stem and can grow very tall. Angel Wing Begonia is a hybrid of Cane Begonia with parents B. acconitifolia and B. coccinea. Dragon Wing Begonia is a cultivar as well and is cane-forming but it is sterile.

Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’ cultivar is hot and humid climate tolerant. It has lush angel wing-shaped leaves that are shiny green. It produces clusters of hanging red flowers. It flowers continuously from spring to the end of autumn.

How to grow Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’:

Grow Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’ in partial shade. Plant it in rich, moist, but well-drained soil. It tolerates full shade. Begonia ‘Dragon Wing® Red’ is easy to grow but not winter hardy. Good air circulation is important. It is deer-resistant and rabbit resistant.

Also read about Begonia semperflorens.

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