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Begonia albo-picta

Guinea-wing begonia

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitLarge-leaved
  • Flower ColourGreen white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green

Description

Begonia albo-picta (Guinea-wing begonia). This species is an evergreen shrub with ovate to lance-shaped glossy green leaves. The flowers are panicles of green-white small blooms in the summer.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Brazil

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful flowers and/or ornamental leaves.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

When grown under glass grow them in well-drained soil with plenty of light. When grown outdoors grow in fertile well-drained soil with partial shade.

Propagation

Sow the seeds as soon as they are ripe, or by leaf cuttings, root stems cuttings in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for mealy bugs, mites, vine weevils, caterpillars and grey mould.

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