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BEGONIA 'Silver Angel'

Image of Begonia 'Silver Angel'

Jessie Keith

Family

Begoniaceae

Botanical Name

BEGONIA 'Silver Angel'

Plant Common Name

Silver Angel Begonia

Special Notice

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General Description

Both the foliage and flowers of ‘Black Taffeta’ stand out, though it is most admired as a foliage plant. Its velvety, star-shaped leaves are nearly black with contrasting burgundy undersides, and in winter it produces a lovely display of pink flowers. This Terra Nova introduction is a surprisingly vigorous grower best-suited for container culture.

Each large leaf is star-like in appearance with many lobes and serrate edges. They appear along spreading rhizomes and are held upright, which gives the plant a crested look. Some may produce more dark green to black foliage.

Grow 'Black Taffeta' in a site with bright filtered light and moist, well-drained, acid to neutral soil. It makes a wonderful houseplant so long as it’s provided high humidity, to prevent leaf browning, and the soil is allowed to dry out slightly between watering. Outdoors it can be grown as a bedding plant for shade. In frost-free regions, 'Black Taffeta' is a robust landscape plant that looks great planted among bromeliads and ferns.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Gold, Dark Red, Tan, Brown

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Dark Red, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Red, Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Red, Copper

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • 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

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No