Plant ID forum: Help with these Begonias?

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Crossandra
Dec 11, 2016 3:05 AM CST
I got these recently and don't really know what they are. If you need more info, I'd go and check :)

1. Thumb of 2016-12-11/Crossandra/f3d089
2. Thumb of 2016-12-11/Crossandra/9ca153
3. Thumb of 2016-12-11/Crossandra/9a2142
4. Thumb of 2016-12-11/Crossandra/6868c6
5. Thumb of 2016-12-11/Crossandra/223b8a

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purpleinopp
Dec 11, 2016 6:26 AM CST
All except #3 look like rhizomatous types.

Compare #1 to beefsteak:
Beefsteak Begonia (Begonia 'Erythrophylla')

#3 reminds me of 'Castaway'
Begonia 'Castaway'
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Calif_Sue
Dec 11, 2016 3:45 PM CST

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So many have similar looking leaves so it''s often difficult to pin them down to an exact cultivar.
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 12, 2016 10:37 AM CST
The overall size of the plant once it's getting mature also helps to ID which one it is. Some are very small and compact, not branching. Others get very tall and even sort of gangly or "leggy".

But the best hint to an ID is usually the color and size of the flowers. I have one that looks a lot like your third picture, sort of khaki shaded leaves with red backs, and the flowers are bright orange/red instead of pale pink like Tiffany's 'Castaway'. I'm not sure, I've had it so long and the tag is gone but I think it was called 'Dragon's Blood' and it's a Rex or cane type begonia.

Looking at my favorite retailer for begonias, #2 might be 'Hocking Flamenco'
http://www.glasshouseworks.com...

Or, scroll through and see if any other pictures look like the ones you have. Glass House Works have a tremendous variety of beautiful cultivars.
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Calif_Sue
Dec 12, 2016 11:50 AM CST

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Even with blooms it's very hard to ID. #2 actually reminded of one of Brad Thompson's popular snake series from several years back, but there are thousands of rhizomatous crosses. Brad introduced over 500 alone. http://www.bradsbegoniaworld.c...
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Crossandra
Dec 13, 2016 3:05 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:The overall size of the plant once it's getting mature also helps to ID which one it is. Some are very small and compact, not branching. Others get very tall and even sort of gangly or "leggy".

But the best hint to an ID is usually the color and size of the flowers. I have one that looks a lot like your third picture, sort of khaki shaded leaves with red backs, and the flowers are bright orange/red instead of pale pink like Tiffany's 'Castaway'. I'm not sure, I've had it so long and the tag is gone but I think it was called 'Dragon's Blood' and it's a Rex or cane type begonia.

Looking at my favorite retailer for begonias, #2 might be 'Hocking Flamenco'
http://www.glasshouseworks.com...

Or, scroll through and see if any other pictures look like the ones you have. Glass House Works have a tremendous variety of beautiful cultivars.


I was scrolling through a lot but the sheer number of pages that I had to scroll through intimated me. Sad
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 13, 2016 8:07 AM CST
I'm right with you, I stopped at about 4 pages. You can see the problem though, right?

There are just so many cultivars, it's next to impossible to pin down anything more than "it might be this one".

Luckily, it's fun scrolling through and looking at the pretty pictures.
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purpleinopp
Dec 13, 2016 8:27 AM CST
No doubt, 1 leaf is not enough info, from our end, to do more than guess. Knowing the type of Begonia is all that's needed to know its' care (rhizomatous, cane, tuberous, wax, etc...)

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