Plant Common Name
Begonia, Morocco Trailing Begonia
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Coarse, sturdy carpets of Morocco begonia's red-tinged gray-green leaves bring accents of more red on leaf undersides and stems that bear white flowers. A hybrid scandent begonia, it was created by crossing trailing begonia (Begonia soli-mutata) with elm-leaf begonia (Begonia ulmifolia). It becomes a sprawling low quilt of foliage spreading by its rhizomes (underground stems).
The large, grayish green leaves have tiny red hairs, especially on the undersides. New leaves are reddish light green. The blade is semi-glossy and minutely corrugated, rounded but with mild pointed lobes. Starting in spring, hairy red stems poke up above the low foliage to bear a tiny branching cluster of white male and female flowers. Flushes of blooms can recur year round if warmth is ample and soil not too dry.
Grow 'Morocco' from rhizome cuttings and plant in a humusy, well-draining sand or loam in a frost-free location. Tolerating full shade and a fair amount to drect sunlight if soil is always moist but not soggy, this cultivar is its finest in bright partial shade. If very light frosts do nip the foliage, it may resprout provided the rhizome has not also frozen and then rots. Use 'Morocco' as a coarse-textured groundcover or accent for the tropical border or under the dappled shade of tall pines, palms or open-branched shade trees. It makes a nice houseplant in bright light and can also be used as an annual for containers and a seasonal bedding filler.
Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns