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BEGONIA convolvulacea

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James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA convolvulacea

Plant Common Name

Morning Glory Begonia

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General Description

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 in shape from circular to kidney-shaped, always with angular edges and occasional lobes. If growing upon a tree or across the ground, roots will emerge from the leaf nodes on the stem. In spring, fleshy branched structures arise from the bases of leaves and display the small ivory male and female flowers. The male flowers are the prominent ones that help make the branched flower stem look like a combination of a lit chandelier and candelabra.

Grow morning glory begonia in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in partial sun to partial shade locations. Protect from winter frosts and excessive heat in summer, it tends to grow its finest when it is not overly hot. Grow it upon a post, tropical tree (dead or alive) or use in as a rambling groundcover or hanging basket specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • 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

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No