Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’
Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’ is a hybrid Angel Wing Begonia from the Begoniaceae family of plants. It was cultivated by Belva Nelson Kusler, an American hybridizer in 1961. The parentage includes Begonia sceptrum x ‘Lenore Olivier’ and Begonia acontifolia.
This is an evergreen perennial, and it is a cane-stem, Superba variety. It grows tall and upright. Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’ grows to about 4ft or 1.2m tall. The leaves are long, narrow, and palmately lobed, with up to 9 lobes, and they are green with silvery splotches and reddish in the back.
The flowers grow in hanging clusters and are usually salmon-pink in color and fragrant. The ovaries are waxy white. Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’ flowers from late spring into autumn, and in the right climate all year.
How to grow Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’:
Grow Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’ in the sun or partial shade, nevertheless, it prefers filtered sun rather than direct sun. Plant it in rich, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Use neutral to slightly acidic soil. It attracts bees and butterflies. Begonia ‘Sophie Cecile’ can be planted outdoors, in containers, or as a houseplant. Propagate by cuttings or division. Pinch the tips to make them bushier and prune to shape or if there is excessive growth. It is generally pest-free, but watch out for mildew.
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