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PlantFiles: Rhizomatous Begonia
Begonia 'Cleopatra'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
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:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 1xanadu On Dec 11, 2012, 1xanadu from Imperial, NE wrote:

I have had one of these plants for over 35 years. I live in Nebraska and treat it as a houseplant. It thrives outdoors on a shaded porch in summer and Winters in a south window. It generally blooms in Winter about the end of January.
It generally dies back a lot during Winter loosing a large amount of foliage and comes back once outside in Summer.
As it grew I merely potted it up into progressively larger pots and it is now time to take cuttings and start a new plant. It has become too large to move about.

Positive begoniacrazii On Sep 3, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Popular rhizomatous type begonia hybrid from parents B. 'Maphil' and B. 'Black Beauty'. Hybridized by Zug in 1960.

Positive SW_gardener On Feb 10, 2007, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Makes a great houseplant, I got mine at Home Depot.
Needs bright light, mines near a northeast window.

Positive handbright On Feb 19, 2005, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

A friend gave this to me when she moved, one scraggily little leaf. Now its a real superstar, in less than a year it has returned full force.
Very easy to grow in south florida, takes the heat and keeps on ticking, even when it was just a rhizome laying ontop of the soil...for about six months.
what a trooper!

Positive MotherNature4 On Mar 31, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a lovely, easy to grow begonia in central Florida.


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

Bartow, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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