The Elatior begonia is a small shrub, typically reaching heights of 2-5 ft (0.61-1.52 m). It is grown primarily for its lush foliage, which can range from bright green to deep maroon, often with shades and stripes of both colors in between. Its striking foliage is complemented by a profusion of colorful blossoms. Depending on cultivars, they can bloom in shades of pink, off-white, yellow-orange, red, and a range from vinous to crimson. They can flower from early spring to late summer, depending on weather and other environmental factors.
The Elatior begonia is fairly easy to care for in USDA Zone 9-11 regions, though in colder climates these plants can easily be grown in containers and overwintered inside when temperatures dip too low. When planting in the ground, be sure to select an area with ample sun and moist, well-drained soil. For container-grown plants, a potting mix with a good balance of moisture permeability, drainage, and aeration is best. In both cases, regular water is essential, and a little bit of pruning helps encourage new growth. In shadier areas, the Elatior begonia should be planted in a semi-shaded spot and watered frequently.
With the right level of care and attention, the classic Elatior begonia can be an excellent and eye-catching addition to your garden!