Lotus Leaved Begonia, Water Lily Begonia
Begonia nelumbiifolia

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: nelumbiifolia (nel-um-bee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
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Classification:

Rhizomatous

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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)

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

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

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Anniston, Alabama

Beverly Hills, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

De Leon Springs, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Kurtistown, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 23, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Native to the moist forests of Central Mexico to Colombia, where it is so common it is reported to be eaten as a local vegetable.

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On Jan 17, 2003, Azalea from Jonesboro, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have a plant exactly like this, also called "Maple Leaf" Begonia. The leaves have a rust colored underside. A showy plant in shade in the summer or as an indoor houseplant all year.