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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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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:

Richmond, California
Lexington, Virginia

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