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Plantpoor
Apr 4, 2016 1:39 PM CST
I've been searching for a 'Frilly Dilly' Begonia for years. I've posted on Yahoo & various sites. If you can be of any assistance in finding I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks
Lavonn
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 4, 2016 6:24 PM CST
Welcome to ATP! Welcome!

I checked some of the online shops I buy from and it looks like it's going to be a tough one to find. The only photo I found was in a language I don't speak. (the letters were in a language I don't speak)

Even Ebay failed to find anything claiming to be 'Frilly Dilly'. Smiling

Your search may have to go on.....

Daisy

Plantpoor
Apr 5, 2016 8:31 AM CST
I've been searching for years. When I found it listed at a shop in Calif. I was so excited. But when I called they said they didn't grow it anymore! Thanks.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 5, 2016 1:14 PM CST
I ran across this while looking for miniature begonias..


http://palmhammockorchidest.tripod.com/phoe.html


http://palmhammockorchidest.tripod.com/begoniaofferings.html

B. "Frilly Dilly" - Spiraled elongated star leaf. Dark green with light green veins. Hairy lightly serrated edges. Maroon back. - $6.00

Plantpoor
Apr 5, 2016 2:17 PM CST
That's the place I called. They said they didn't have it anymore. 8^((
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 5, 2016 3:24 PM CST
Sorry. Shrug!

Have you tried contacting these folks? Someone there may be able to help you, either to find it or may know why it has virtually disappeared.

http://www.begonias.org/idb.htm

Plantpoor
Apr 6, 2016 9:17 AM CST
I did. Was told to post on Yahoo Begonia Group. Still nothing. Sighing!
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Apr 6, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Wow. I often wonder when plants disappear like that if it isn't due to problems with the hybridizing. A weak parent plant, or disease prone, etc. Shrug!

I also wonder since it seems to have never been registered under that name if it is possible that it may have been registered under a different name. Did you ask the folks at Palm Hammock who their source for Frilly Dilly was originally? Maybe they know who the hybridizer/grower is.

Good Luck, I hope you find it. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 6, 2016 11:12 AM CST
It was registered in 1994 by Dorothy Caviness. It is listed as a semp type fibrous begonia hybrid. Its also considered an annual. I can't find any information that it was ever produced commercially but peple are talking about owning one up until about 2004. Then it seems to fade from existence. Sad

Daisy

Plantpoor
Apr 6, 2016 11:52 AM CST
Another lady told me there was a Semp by that name. This was a Rhizo. I hate that something like this haunts me.....but I Loved that plant. Lovey dubby
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 6, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Hey Lavonn, I remember a post on another site that said you found Frilly Dilly at the Muskogee plant sale. You might want to check out the ABS Dorothy Caviness Branch in Bartlesville OK. If that branch is still in existence, you may get a better response there.

http://www.nonprofitfacts.com/OK/American-Begonia-Society-Do...

I did find mention in one of the numerous sites, that Clifford "Gene" (deceased) and Anna Price Salisbury (former ABS President) had Dorothy Caviness's entire collection, but had done little toward distribution. I believe it mentioned her living in Blackwell OK. (I think it was Brad Thompson on the Yahoo Begonia site, but I am unsure of the year of those post)

Plantpoor
Apr 6, 2016 3:38 PM CST
I wrote to the only Oklahoma Branch listed. I think it was Fred Barkley. Haven't heard anything. Didn't see an email for the Dorothy Caviness Branch. Thanks.

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