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BEGONIA 'Pawtucket'

Image of Begonia 'Pawtucket' (Rex Cultorum Group)

Jesse Saylor

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Pawtucket'( Rex Cultorum Group)

Plant Common Name

Pawtucket Rex Begonia, Rex Begonia

Special Notice

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

General Description

This group, one of many in the begonia family, is prized for its astounding leaves, which amply earn the designation “Rex” (King). The leaves vary wildly in shape from whorled or curled like a snail to broad and much-divided. They vary even more wildly in color and patterning. These begonias produce sparse sprays of small pink or white flowers but the leaves upstage and conceal the blooms.

Modern Rex begonias are complex hybrids that derive from crosses between the Southeast Asian native Begonia rex and other rhizomatous begonias. The leaves are borne either in rosettes or on succulent, fleshy, brittle stems. They are evergreen, or briefly deciduous in cool dry winter conditions. Hardy only in frost-free climates, they are almost always grown in containers. They do best in filtered or oblique sunlight and moderate to high humidity. Mist the foliage or place the container on a tray of pebbles in shallow water to boost humidity. Excessive heat, particularly on summer nights, will slowly degrade these colorful Rex begonia selections.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    8"-24" / 20.3cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Light Green, Chartreuse, Gray Green, Dark Green, Light Yellow, Rose, Burgundy, Dark Red, Bronze, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Light Green, Chartreuse, Gray Green, Yellow Green, Rose, Burgundy, Dark Red, Copper, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Light Green, Chartreuse, Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Chartreuse, Gray Green, Rose, Burgundy, Dark Red, Copper, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No