Plant ID forum: Begonia

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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 17, 2015 10:58 AM CST
I saw this lovely shade plant when we were in Monterey, CA yesterday at one of the old historic Spanish houses there:
Love the colorful leaves and nice edgings, has the lovely blooms too, I did not check if it has any scent.

Thanks!

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Zencat
May 17, 2015 11:07 AM CST
It's a begonia of some kind. Pretty!

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bamira
May 17, 2015 12:51 PM CST
bloom are edible, pleasantly sour, You can decorate and season salad. Drooling
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purpleinopp
May 17, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Cane type Begonia. Gorgeous old gal!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 17, 2015 11:16 PM CST
Thanks everyone Big Grin !!!! I may try this plant one day..will have to read more of its heat tolerance.
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 18, 2015 1:12 AM CST
@tarev, cane begonias come in many varieties and I want every one of them!! They do well in my Zone 9a heat as long as they are in the shade and kept moist in well-drained soil. Though they seem to flower more with some morning sun or bright shade. But when you find one as stunning as you did, the foliage sometimes out-shows the flower. I protect them by bringing them indoors in the winter. They prefer the greenhouse over my home. They pout as they longingly look out the window. They propagate fast so cuttings from a friend are gold.
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purpleinopp
May 18, 2015 7:54 AM CST
My only disappointment with any Begonia was a tuberous one, Reiger. The rhizomatous, cane & wax types LOVE the heat, though I can't speak for dry heat. They are fine in mostly shade, but also in spots where there's quite a bit of sun in the morning & evening, shade only mid-day. The leaves get much more colorful, the more sun they get, as long as it's not enough to burn. Is Monterey far from where you live? The Beg in the pic looks deliriously happy.

Agree, cuttings take off so quickly, the plant in your pics, for example, could fill a whole little bed with lovely leaves in a season. Check out some of the beauties people have posted here recently:
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 18, 2015 11:28 AM CST
Yes Monterey is about 2 hours away from us, to our south and they are more coastal, more plant friendly temps, better rain options.

I kept circling around that plant..so pretty! Big Grin
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purpleinopp
May 18, 2015 12:29 PM CST
I totally know what you mean! 80 miles south of here is Destin, where it doesn't get as hot during the summer or as cold during the winter.
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