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BEGONIA multinervia

Image of Begonia multinervia

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA multinervia

Plant Common Name

Begonia

Special Notice

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

General Description

Tall, thick, upright and unbranching stems with attractive, glossy dark green and purple leaves makes Begonia multinervia a lovely but large tropical plant for the warm garden or house. Considered a tender perennial, this native of lower Central America becomes a tall clump as new stems arise only from the root mass, always without branches. The thick, smooth oval leaves are slightly toothed on the edges, glossy bright green above, and purplish underneath. The leaf stem petioles are lightly hairy and colored a sienna brown. The main stems are decorative because the stipules, or tissue outgrowths at the leaf base, remain and add light green architectural interest. Small clusters of white or pink flowers appear among the leaves in late winter.

Grow this large begonia species in a frost-free garden in well-drained soils that are never allowed to fully dry out. It can tolerate full sun to heavy shade exposures, but best growth will occur in partial shade, with ample early morning sunlight. As canes lengthen, staking may be a good idea, particularly in windy spots or if grown in a narrow bed or small container in a spacious, sunny room in the house.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Height

    3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m

  • Width

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No