Bonfire® Choc Red

BONFIRE®begonia Choc Red has an eye-catching profusion of exotic bright red/orange flowers covering up to half of the plant. BONFIRE Choc Red differs from Bonfire in that it features interesting chocolate/plum foliage with serrated edges highlighted by a red margin, and in that it offers a neat, bushy growth habit.

Quickly coming into bloom in late spring, it continues to shower you with bright red/orange blooms, which contrast nicely against its dark foliage, from spring through late fall.

Low-maintenance, easy-care, BONFIRE Choc Red can be grown in full sun or partial shade and is not afraid of summer rains or drier summer conditions. It is ideal where masses of color are required with little or no care.


Key features

  • Stunning profusion of bright flowers
  • Great chocolate/plum foliage
  • Drought tolerant and heat hardy
  • Sensational in patio pots and hanging baskets
  • Same great growth habit as the original Bonfire
  • Low maintenance and easy care


Suggested uses

Patio pots and hanging baskets. Also garden landscapes.


Growth habit

Rounded profile, up to 20 inches wide as a garden plant or in a larger hanging basket.


Mature height

Garden height up to 20 inches.


Mature width

Garden width up to 20 inches.


Flower size

2 inches long by 2 inches wide.



Hardy in USDA Zones 9-11.  Otherwise dig and store over winter


Flowering period

From late spring through to late summer (until frost).


Number of flowers

Up to 50 percent of the bush can be covered.


Flower color

Bright orange/red flowers.



No fragrance.



Chocolate/plum foliage with serrated edge and red margin.



Branches naturally, but benefits from pruning to induce side branching and more compact, spreading growth.



Recommended day temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures will reduce flower size and intensity of color. To increase flower size and color intensity, once the buds are formed, finish plants at 65.