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King Begonia, Painted Begonia, Painted Leaf Begonia, Rex-cultorum Begonia
Begonia 'Escargot'

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

Rex-cultorum

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Variegated

Silver/Gray

Dark/Black

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Mottled

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.
nanabest1

Positive

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.