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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: Begonia odorata 'alba'

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Saint Paul, MN

August 21, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8769256

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)

August 21, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8769363

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)

August 21, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8769439

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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