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Begonia ‘Rex’

Begonia

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.15m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourGreen, speckled silver, red veins

Description

Begonia ‘Rex’ (Begonia). This painted leaf variety has ovate and warty leaves which grow up to 20 cm long. The leaves are sparsely hairy and rich metallic green, with a broad zone of silvery white above. The veins beneath and leaf-stalks are red and hairy. It bears panicles of pink flowers.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Elephant's ear

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful flowers and/or ornamental leaves.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Sow seeds of species at 21C as soon as they are ripe. Root stem and leaf cuttings can be rooted in spring or early summer in partial sun in a propagating case.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Is susceptible to powdery mildew and botrytis from late spring to early autumn.

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