With foliage a dark green with hints of glowing blue, Begonia barsalouxiae leaves are also veined in light green and have light green blotches. Growing from a rhizome (fleshy underground stem), this species is native to the humid mountain rainforests of Honduras.
The rounded heart-shaped leaves are a dark green with a blue undertone and edges of bronze. Across each leaf blade are blotches of light green or vibrant lime green and veins of yellow-green. In late spring or early summer it...
(Bolivian Mountain Begonia)
The fiery blooms of this prolific begonia will not disappoint. Bolivian mountain begonia is a tropical tuberous perennial that has a pendulous habit and bright orange-red flowers, which attract hummingbirds. It is native to the mountainous regions of Peru, Argentina and Bolivia in South America. There it can be found growing among moist rocks and tree roots. This is the parent species of many tuberous begonia cultivars with drooping flowers.
The bushy plants have linear wing-shaped green leaves—sometimes...
(Bolivian Mountain Begonia, Bonfire Bolivian Begonia)
This tropical tuberous perennial has a pendulous habit and outrageously bold, bright orange flowers.
Bolivian mountain begonia is native to the mountainous regions of Peru, Argentina and Bolivia in South America where it can be found growing among moist rocks and tree roots. It is the parent species of many tuberous begonia cultivars with drooping flowers.
The bushy plants have linear wing-shaped green leaves that are not glossy but covered in fuzzy hairs. These have red tinted edges and...
(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...
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...
Adored for beautiful blooms and wildly colorful foliage, Begonia is one of the largest genera of flowering plants. There are over 1,500 species and more than 10,000 cultivars and hybrids. They are found all over the world but most originate from sub-tropical and tropical regions.
The plants come in many different forms. They are fleshy, herbaceous and may be annual or perennial. In habit, they can be shrubby, climbing, or epiphytic (tree-dwelling). The leaves are simple or compound...