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BEGONIA maculata 'Wightii'

Image of Begonia maculata 'Wightii'

James H. Schutte

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA maculata 'Wightii'

Plant Common Name

Spotted Begonia, Wight's Spotted Begonia

Special Notice

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

General Description

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 leaf blades in few to modest numbers, whereas the parent species has many more and smaller spots on its slightly smaller leaves.p> Grow Wright's spotted begonia in a partial sun exposure, avoided any intense hot afternoon light for the finest foliage. It needs a moist, well-draining acidic or neutral soil, but never soggy. It makes a nice vertical accent plant for a tropical landscape, next to foundation windows or scattered under the dappled shade of taller trees. Consider this begonia as a space-saving houseplant for a brightly lit, warm room.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-5' / 0.6m - 1.5m (3)

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    South America, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • 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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No