Begonia 'Bonita Shea' in the Begonias Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: Less than 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

The plant is now filling the jar!

All About BegoniasAll About Begonias
May 2, 2010

Begonias come in many shapes, sizes, types, and leaf colors. They make good houseplants, but they require a bit more care than the average houseplant. I rate them as an 8 out of 10 on the scale of difficulty indoors in the winter but they're 2 out of 10 outdoors in the summer.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Nov 30, 2012 7:34 PM

I received my first 'Bonita Shea' begonia a few years ago in a plant swap and fell in love! Unfortunately I lost my original plant to a freeze last winter but I recently purchased another one through an on line vendor. I divided it and grow one as a terrarium plant and one in a container on my back porch. The foliage on this Begonia is so pretty you wouldn't mind if you never saw a bloom! This begonia seems to thrive on bright light, heat and humidity.

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Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Sep 30, 2011 2:48 AM

The leaves on Begonia 'Bonita Shea' are curled, dark green and reddish, and grow into a compact mound that looks great in a hanging basket. It has small white flowers that are cute, but the foliage is the main interest here. It can take Sun to Part Shade. This is a heat tolerant begonia and has endured 3 months of temperatures over 90 degrees F this summer. It is part of the Athens Selectâ„¢collection. I got cuttings this spring and found them very easy to root in a mix of even parts of peat/perlite/vermiculite. I planted three rooted cuttings into a hanging basket and it has grown full and lush in a few months time.

My Climate: USDA Zone 7b, AHS Heat Zone 7/8, Humid

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Plant Events from our members
skylark On December 1, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
skylark On May 13, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
tented in terrarium - edges of leaves are drying up.
took 2 cuttings - in moist perlite, tented too
skylark On May 4, 2016 Obtained plant
got 3" pot
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