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BEGONIA carolineifolia

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James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA carolineifolia

Plant Common Name

Palmate Begonia

General Description

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 of the plant.

This begonia must be planted in well-drained, fertile soil or a contaier. It prefers partial sun but well-grown and established plants can tolerate a substantial amount of direct sunlight. This is a very easy and forgiving begonia to grow.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Sienna

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • 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, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No