(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.
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...
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...
Gerald L. Klingaman
An erect shrubby tropical plant, Begonia involucrata has green leaves covered in soft white hairs and having irregular, jagged lobes. A tender herbaceous perennial, it is native to shaded slopes in the mid-elevations of Central America, from Mexico to Panama. The mid-green leaves have white hairs on them, and the leaf undersides are paler green. They are oval and oblong and irregularly shaped, with two or three pointed lobes and leaf veins that are depressed. In late winter small white flowers...
James H. Schutte
Palm-leaved begonia, a robust Brazilian native, is a tall, shrub-like tender tropical perennial with breathtaking palmate leaves. Each hand-like leaf - made up of 11-20 smaller leaflets that are fleshy and sometimes rippled - is often described as cannibis-like. The leaf stems are a contrasting pink to pink-orange. In spring, long floral stems arise and display creamy white clusters of flowers that are fragrant. Begonia flowers are either male or female, with male blossoms opening first.
James H. Schutte
(Spotted Begonia, Wight's Spotted Begonia)
Wright's spotted begonia is an upright cane-type with large, dark green leaves that look like bat wings with pronounced silver dots. This Brazilian native is a tender tropical perennial with green stems that resemble the culms of bamboo. The white flowers are quite showy, appearing from late winter into the spring, arising from the canes among the leaves. The leaves are shaped like a simple bat wing, or angel's wing, and are succulent, waxy, glossy and dark green. Silvery white dots speckle the...