New Curly-Leaved Begonia

By Charlie Nardozzi

Rex begonias are known for their large, highly textured, colorful leaves. This tropical, moisture-loving plant makes an excellent houseplant; outdoors, it's commonly grown as an annual in all but the warmest parts of the country. Now there's a new variety of this shade-loving plant with even more dramatic foliage.

'Curly Fireflush' rex begonia has deep green leaves with red-brown edges, highlighted by tiny red hairs covering the leaf surfaces. The leaves curl to form a spiral, giving the plant the effect of motion. This variety also produces small, light pink, fragrant flowers, but the big draw is the foliage.

For more information on 'Curly Fireflush' begonia, go to: Terra Nova Nursery.

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