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BEGONIA 'Morocco'

Image of Begonia 'Morocco'

James Burghardt

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Morocco'

Plant Common Name

Begonia, Morocco Trailing Begonia

Special Notice

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

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No