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Begonia
Begonia crispula

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: crispula (KRISP-yoo-luh) (Info)
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Classification:

Rhizomatous

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

Veined

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:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 26, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a difficult to grow rhizomatous, but the unusual foliage is worth the effort. It prefers high humidity so needs to be grown in a terrarium. The veins are depressed on the surface of the nearly round leaves, but they are raised on the back, giving it a very crinkled appearance.

A native of Brazil, it was first recorded in 1950.