|My photo is not exactly tack-sharp, but you get the idea. Begonia hybrid ‘Gryphon’ is a fabulous foliage plant|
Thank you to Proven Winners for introducing me to the fabulous ‘Gryphon’ begonia, which they sent me to trial in 2014. It looks like Proven Winners has since applied its own trademarked brand name ‘Pegasus’ to this plant, so you may find it under both names, the cultivar and the trademark.
Same plant, same great features. Dramatic, patterned foliage and statuesque form (easily 18″/46 cm tall with a 24″/61 cm spread) make it a standout in a container. Add its preference for shade and soil on the drier side, and you have the perfect, Helen-proof plant.
The picture below is of my container in 2014. Foolishly, I let the frost take it that year – until I learned from a little bird (thank you Kylee Baumle) that ‘Gryphon’ is easy to bring indoors in fall and treat as a houseplant. This spring, I replenished my stock, enjoyed it outdoors all summer, and now it’s in my living room, being put to the “unkillable houseplant” test. And I’ll be thankful if it passes!