Begonia
'Paul Hernandez'

Looking for a quick-to-grow, XXL exotic that provides year 'round focal fascination? Meet 'Paul Hernandez' - he's tall, handsome, evergreen (and ever-red!) Grows up to 6' tall and wide (with reports of 10' heights occurring in ideal circumstances) with enormous (to 2' across!) leaves, the bumpy-textured tops of which are glossy and avocado-colored, threaded through with crimson veining. The under-sides show a vivid red that’ll glow through when backlit - stunning! As if the foliage wasn’t spectacular enough, when it’s time to bloom - in Winter and then again in the Spring - massive (to 1' across) panicles are covered in hundreds of pink/white blooms sporting startling yellow stamens. A real showstopper in a semi-shady bed, or in large container - if you’re in for a serious cold spell, it’s probably a good idea to bring 'Paul' inside to keep warm! (Growing in a pot, of course will substantially limit the size and speed of the plant's growth.) Provide a bit of compost and regular water with GOOD drainage - soggy roots just won’t do!


 

Part Shade/
A.M. Sun
Average water

Perennial
USDA zones 9-11