Species Rex Begonia, Original Rex Begonia, Putzey's Rex Begonia
Begonia rex

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: rex (reks) (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)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

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

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Variegated

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bronze-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Regional

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

Clayton, California

Monterey Park, California

Maitland, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Orange, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Venice, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Niles, Illinois

Bossier City, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Kelly, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada

Big Flats, New York

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Provo, Utah

Indianola, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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Positive

On Aug 7, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rhizomatous species Begonia rex (Putzey's). This is the 'original' rex begonia discovered by chance as a hitch-hiker in a Wardian Case in the mid 1800's. It is this begonia that gave rise to today's modern B. rex-cultorum hybrids. Easier to grow than the hybrids, this species can tolerate temperatures into the mid 40's.

B. rex is a rhizomatous type.

Positive

On Jun 2, 2007, Hyblaean from Necedah, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I love these plants! Have only ever grown them as houseplants, but the two I have now are a good 6 years old, at least. They've survived my lack of skills, a move, and 2 cats.

Positive

On Jan 12, 2003, sclarke from Macungie, PA wrote:

i love my rexes, and if i had to give up most of my plants, they would be the very last to go. i stumbled upon my first one, the Iron Cross, at a grocery store of all places. from there my obsession just sort of exploded. (the ones in the picture are divisions rooted from the mother plant) eventually, lets say after a few years, rexes do need to be divided and repotted because of aging leaves and rhizomes. and another tip-when they flower-or when they want to, pinch off the buds. it will ensure that the plant is not spending its energy on flowering, and will instead make its leaves more colorful.
in general,
i find them very easy to take care of. any problems i have with them are when i give them too much water, which happens every now and then.

-sarah:)... read more

Neutral

On Jul 29, 2002, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

"Complete Gardening in India", by Gopalswamiengar lists this plant as Begonia "Cleopatra".