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Begonia 'Escargot'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

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 rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf 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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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive elfenqueen On Dec 28, 2011, elfenqueen from East Tawas, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Easy to care for when potted, perfers quick draining soil. Grows wonderfully in the summer gardens (mines bed was mostly shade with late afternoon sun sinking to mottled, doing quite well in nitrogen enriched soil, about 13 feet from a pine tree) This is one beautiful, eye catching attraction! Must come inside for cold season in my zone 4 home. Starts are easy from cuttings.

Positive TaiChiGal On Aug 10, 2008, TaiChiGal from Buffalo, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I first saw "Escargot" during one of our city's "Garden Walks", and immediately fell in love. I bought it this spring and it is happily growing in the semi-shade of a large Blue Spruce in a pot together with Caladium. Everyone who sees it wants one, so I guess I'll be making some divisions to give to my friends. I plan to overwinter it in my sunroom.

Positive nanabest1 On Aug 5, 2006, nanabest1 from Clarkston, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have a beautifull large "escargot" Rex Begonia.
It is potted and I keep it indoors as our summer (+90's) has been very hot.
It likes indirect light and sits near a north facing window.
It is one of my "WOW" plants. It likes when I pinchback drooping leaves.

Positive birdmanct On Dec 2, 2004, birdmanct from W Hartford, CT (Zone 5b) wrote:

I saw three generations of this beautiful plant in pots in the window of a building in Connecticut. I couldn't take my eyes off it, and can't wait to get one. The owner said it's easy to grow, and that everyone comments on it.


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

Brea, California (2 reports)
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
Miami, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Eskridge, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Clarkston, Michigan
East Tawas, Michigan
Buffalo, New York (2 reports)
Columbus, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington

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