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A rhizamatous species native to the Taiwan mountains. Kidney-shaped, large, succulent leaves with erect growing stems. Produces pink flowers. Height to around 50cms. Prefers light shade in a cool, sheltered position. Not hardy and possibly best grown in a pot as a specimen plant that needs to be inside before the first frosts. Plants in 7cm square pots available at £4 each.
Begonia, Elephant's ear
Begonia genus (Begonia). This genus consists of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, which are grown for their ornamental foliage and colourful flowers. They are named after a French patron of botany, Michel Begon who lived during the seventeenth century. There are over 1,500 species ranging from perennials that will grow only a few cms high, to shrubs which will grow to 3m or more high. Most of them are evergreen and have broad leaves.
Grow in light well-drained soil or loam-based potting compost. Water frequently in hot weather but do not allow the soil to become too moist. A balanced liquid fertiliser can be applied occasionally especially when in full growth. Pot on each spring. They prefer slightly acidic soil.
Grown for their colourful flowers and/or ornamental leaves.