Are Begonias Annuals or Perennials?

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Are Begonias Annuals or Perennials?
Pink begonia flower (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Begonias are considered tender perennials, or plants that can grow as perennials in limited areas and as annuals elsewhere. Also known as wax begonias, numerous Begonia varieties and colours exist.

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Begonias are native to Brazil and have been used as a garden plant since the Victorian era. They are grown as perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Map zones 9 through 11, but as annuals in all other regions.

Time Frame

When grown as annuals, wax begonias bloom continuously between May and October. Begonias are not drought-resistant; their soil must be moist during hot summers.


If you want to keep your begonias alive past the winter but live outside USDA zones 9 through 11, bring them indoors. By placing them in a room where they get plenty of sunshine, your begonias will live year-round.

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