Iron Cross Begonia
Begonia masoniana

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: masoniana (mas-oh-nee-AH-uh) (Info)
Additional cultivar information:(aka Iron Cross)
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Classification:

Rhizomatous

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Variegated

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

Burgundy

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:

Fremont, California

Hayward, California

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Norristown, Pennsylvania

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 27, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Iron Cross was a big surprise success outdoors as a potted porch plant for me. Grew fairly fast. Then I potted it up into a too large pot. A fast decline starting with rotting leaves,mildew showed up. I stopped watering it and put it on a low water diet. This spring it has responded with new large healthy leaves.
So,the warning is never keep the soil too wet or over pot. Without a doubt this Begonia is king of all foliage Begonia's..just dont treat it like a king and it will be happy.

Positive

On Jun 6, 2006, blackbunny from Provincetown, MA wrote:

I took a trip to Logee's Greenhouse with some friends last fall (Oct. 2005), and tho I was tempted by just about everything there I controlled myself and bought only Iron Cross Begonia because I could enjoy it in my house over the winter. I just love this plant! It has a texture like a sci-fi hybrid reptile; pebbled, a little hairy, bright green with a maroon striping suggesting the cross it's named for. It thrived in my cool, somewhat dry Cape Cod winter indoors and seems to be content with its move to my shady outdoor deck. We'll see what happens out there over the summer, but so far things look good. I think that anyone who admires begonias would enjoy the unique look of this cultivar to add to their collection. Stay tuned...

Positive

On Jan 24, 2004, Pattyperennial from Yakima, WA wrote:

Makes a wonderful unique houseplant. Needs to be grown on a humidity tray.

Neutral

On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beware of snails and slugs if kept outside.
Keep the soil moist. Needs humidity to thrive.