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Funky® Orange Begonia

Begonia 'Funky Orange'

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Funky Orange Begonia (Begonia 'Funky Orange') at Pesche's Garden Center

Funky® Orange Begonia flowers

Funky® Orange Begonia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Funky Orange Begonia (Begonia 'Funky Orange') at Pesche's Garden Center

Funky® Orange Begonia in bloom

Funky® Orange Begonia in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  Begonia Hybrid

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

A vigorous trailing begonia with pointed, deep green shiny leaves; bright orange double blooms are produced throughout the season; grows well in humid conditions; great spiller for containers, or hanging baskets

Ornamental Features

Funky® Orange Begonia features showy nodding orange orchid-like flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. Its attractive serrated pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Funky® Orange Begonia is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Funky® Orange Begonia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Funky® Orange Begonia will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Funky® Orange Begonia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features