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PlantFiles: Tiger Paw Begonia
Begonia bowerae var. nigromarga

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: bowerae var. nigromarga

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive growGarygrow On Jan 8, 2011, growGarygrow from Toronto, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had this plant for 4 years now and have successfully propagated other plants from the rhizomes. It does incredibly well outdoors in full shade in the summer when the leaves grow much larger and the colours become much deeper. Bringing them indoors for the winter results in smaller leaf growth with weaker colourings but the plant is still quite spectacular and produces delicate blooms by January which continue for several months. I have them in both plastic and clay pots and all plants are growing over their pot rims, filling themselves out nicely to form domes of green and brown. I pay no special attention to soil pH, using a standard potting mix with the addition of some orchid bark or coconut fibre to loosen things up a bit. Watering the rhizomes along with the soil seems to result in the best growth during the dry indoor winters we experience here in Toronto. It is by far my favourite plant in the house!!

Positive Growitgreen On Feb 6, 2004, Growitgreen from Chillicothe, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is probably my favorite begonia's! It does excellent in a hypertufa pot and I would assume it would do equally well in a clay pot as well. I have it under a light during the winter months and set it outside in morning sun/afernoon shade during summer months bringing it inside if the temps are to fall below 50 at night time.


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

Olhão Municipality,

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