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BEGONIA 'Argenteo Guttata'

Image of Begonia 'Argenteo Guttata'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Argenteo Guttata'

Plant Common Name

Argenteo Guttata Begonia

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The trout begonia is renowned for its dark green leaves that have lustrous silver or pale silvery-pink spots. This tender herbaceous perennial is the result of a hybrid cross and is classified as a shrub begonia since it is a dense plant with many multi-stems. Each long leaf blade is wedge-shaped, has jagged edges and is populated by scores of silvery spots, slightly pink on youngest leaves. From spring to autumn small cream-colored blossoms appear on branched stems among the leaves.

Plant trout begonia in a moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil in bright shade. Making a wonderful houseplant, ensure it has high humidity to prevent leaf browning, and also make sure the soil is never soggy. Outdoors it can be grown as a seasonal bedding annual in shade or in a container. In tropical regions, trout begonia is an alluring shade groundcover or as an accent planted among bromeliads and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    20"-30" / 50.8cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No