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BEGONIA 'Phoe's Cleo'

Image of Begonia 'Phoe's Cleo'

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Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Phoe's Cleo'

Plant Common Name

Begonia, Phoe's Cleo Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

Phoe's Cleo begonia brightens the shade garden with its star-like, lime-green leaves with speckled edges of dark red. This tender herbaceous perennial is the result of a hybrid cross and grows from a prostrate stem called a rhizome. Each leaf has tiny jagged edges on its pointed lobes and is populated by scores of dark reddish brown spots. In mid- to late winter pink flowers appear among foliage and the red leaf stems.

Plant 'Phoe's Cleo' in a moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil in bright shade. Making a wonderful houseplant, ensure it has high humidity to prevent leaf browning, and also soil is never soggy. Outdoors it can be grown as a seasonal bedding annual in shade or in a container. In tropical regions, this begonia cultivar is an alluring shade groundcover or as an accent planted among other dark-leaf begonias, small bromeliads and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    14"-20" / 35.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Lime Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Lime Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Lime Green, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Lime Green, Dark Red

  • 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, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No