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Begonia odorata 'alba'

Saint Paul, MN

Does anyone else grow this begonia? I bought one from Taylors about 3 years ago and while it grows and flowers fine, I don't love it. For one thing, poke my nose where I might, I have yet to smell anything that would lead me to believe it deserves the odorata part of its name? Does anyone find it fragrant?

Rochester, NY(Zone 5b)

I just bought it from Taylors this year. Haven't actually had time to "smell the flowers" . I will make a point to do so this week and post my thoughts later, providing it is still blooming.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

I think you have to have a bunch of them to get a nice slight sweet scent.

At Fairchild Gardens in Miami they had a mass of them right before you entered the conservatory. They did have a nice aroma but it isn't overpowering like an Oriental lily or hyacinths.

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