(Begonia, Spotted Metallic Begonia)
Without a doubt there is no more ornately-foliaged begonia species than the spotted metallic begonia! The long tapering leaves of Begonia brevirimosa are naturally colored in glossy spots of red on green (or bronze-green). A shrub-like tender perennial that only sporadically forms its pink flowers, it is native to the humid tropical mountains of extreme southeastern Asia; in 1913 it was discovered at 3000 feet (950 m) in elevation on New Guinea.
The amazingly colorful leaves are long,...
(Begonia, Pink Metallic Begonia, Striped Metallic Begonia)
Without a doubt there is no more ornately-foliaged begonia species than the pink metallic begonia! The tapering oval leaves of Begonia brevirimosaspp. exotica are naturally colored in glossy rosy-red bands of red on green (or bronze-green). A shrub-like tender perennial that only sporadically forms its pink flowers, it is native to the humid tropical mountains of extreme southeastern Asia; in 1913 it was discovered at 3000 feet (950 m) in elevation on New Guinea.
Palm-leaf begonia is eye-catching and exotic-looking, with its large, glossy leaves divided into leaflets joined at their bases, a bit like the fronds on the top of a palm tree. The leaves are dark green above and red-brown below. Native to Mexico, it sends up tall reddish-brown stems bearing a cluster of pink flowers in late winter and spring. It is a tropical perennial that can grow quite large. The erect rhizomatous (root-like) stem holds the leaves at its tip, which adds to the palm-like look...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Angel Wing Begonia)
The pendent, clustered coral-red flowers of the red angelwing cane begonia add a delicate flair to the coarse green leaves and thick, vertical stems. Native to Brazil, this tender perennial forms a clump of canes that can reach significant height, with a completely upright form or V-shaped habit. The leaves are oblong and pointed, roughly resembling a wing, and are thin and succulent, and light green with occasional red edges. The flowers emerge from the new growth, which can be at severeal locations...
(Morning Glory Begonia)
Climbing and rambling over rocks or up tree trunks, the morning glory begonia has pretty white flowers in spring and glossy green leaves that look both grape and maple leaf-like. A succulent perennial vine that is frost tender, it is native to the extreme southeastern coastal plain of Brazil. Although called "morning glory", it has neither flowers nor twining stems like real morning glory vines,(Convolvulus).
The thin, fleshy but plastic-like leaves are a glossy bright green and range...
Mark A. Miller
A lovely, upright growing plant, the maple-leaf begonia has showy but variably-shaped leaves with red veins and delicately fragrant white flowers. Native to shaded hillsides in South Africa, it is a tender perennial with a curiously attractive swollen stem base, or caudex. The leaves are often described as resembling those of a maple tree, but some individuals can more resemble the foliage of a geranium, ivy or grape leaf. The are green with red or purple veins or edges, and when young often have...
A spreading tuberous begonia, hardy begonia bears elegant, pendulous clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers above olive or mid-green leaves with pinkish undersides. This form is known for its paler leaves and stems and used to be called Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana, a subspecies that is no longer botanically recognized.
Hardy begonia is a subtropical species that survives in regions with prolonged sub-freezing winter temperatures. It is native to southeastern China, where...