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PlantFiles: Variegated Semperfloren Begonia
Begonia 'Calla Lily'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Calla Lily

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sfmo On Aug 15, 2010, Sfmo from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Unique Variegated semperfloren Begonia. Some new growth leaves are nearly all white, very interesting. Definitely no direct sun, it gets burn and leaves turns to dark red color(look like it got cooked) Although it's in wax begonia family, this one seems more delicate than the others. My was under Powdery mildew attacked when I place them outdoor. SF's fog seems to cause powdery mildew on begonias big time.

Positive begoniacrazii On Oct 1, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A very old cultivar, dating back to pre 1920, it is a sport of unknown parentage. One of the few semperflorens types with variegated foliage, different from B. 'Charm' which has green and yellow leaves, 'Calla Lily' has green and white leaves.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Francisco, California
Tremonton, Utah

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