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PlantFiles: Cane Begonia
Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BayAreaTropics On May 8, 2014, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I bought little bro last fall and over wintered it on my porch. We had a few very cold days in early December..followed by the warmest winter we've ever had- going back to 1849. I expected little bro to get off to a fast start this spring. It didn't. It sort of sulked,has only sent out minimal shoots,and has less foliage then when I bought it in October.
BUT, My experience with cane Begonia's is that some hate container life. And since little bro is of hybrid genes,it might even be variable to pot growth. I got one that hates it. I took it out of its pot..and the roots did look a little wiry. The rootball held together though.
Its just been planted out in ground. As I said,Begonia's need room and planting out can mean a lot of time goes by with not much top growth..then,they can grow fast,blooming the whole time.
Time will tell. I did put it in a very visible spot in my backyard. I have hopes for it.

Positive DCTropics On Nov 1, 2010, DCTropics from Washington, DC wrote:

A wonderful cultivar that has performed exceedingly well in the ground in Washington, DC. Not yet tested for hardiness here, but it held up to our hot and humid summer and is still looking great as the days and nights turn colder in early November. Even if not hardy, well worth growing as an annual because of its striking silver-patterned foliage.

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

An upright jointed rhizomatous type begonia named for Jazz pianist and singer
Eurreal “Little Brother” Montgomery. Registered & hybridized (1980) by Johnson using B. 'Palmatavar' (seed parent) x palmata x diadema (pollen parent)

Neutral MotherNature4 On Jan 15, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is listed as a rhizomatous begonia that probably had B. palmata as one of its parents.

Positive palmbob On Mar 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very ornamental leaf pattern with dark blue-green to purple centers,and pale blue-green coloration near the edges. Mod sizied Begonia (up to my neck).


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

Hayward, California
Richmond, California
Lexington, Virginia

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