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Begonia 'Bunchii'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bunchii
Additional cultivar information: (aka Curly Beefsteak)

Synonym:Begonia x erythrophylla

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Late Winter/Early Spring

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 the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
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 kdaustin On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of my favorite begonias, easy to grow and forgiving of mistakes. Responds quickly to repotting, I moved mine up from a quart container to a 15" bowl over the course of 2007 and into a 18" coco basket this spring. Definately you want to keep upping this begonia, its stunningly more pretty the bigger the pot. Note that a friend bought her quart at the same time as me but has kept hers in a 8" ever since. They don't even look like the same cultivar!
Leaves are thick and resist discoloration, the little catapillars that eat begonias don't seem to favor them either, which is nice. You could easily grow a show worthy plant!
Only problem: it might be too good looking!

Positive begoniacrazii On Sep 2, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

B. 'Bunchii' is a sport of B. 'Erythrophylla'
Easy to grow and for me, tends to cascade over the pot. Propagated easily via leaf or rhizome cutting.

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

This rhizomatous begonia has deep olive leaves with ruffled and crested edges. It is sometimes called Curly Beefsteak.

Positive Happenstance On Apr 24, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Thought to be an x erythrophylla.


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

Oakland, California
San Leandro, California
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Neptune Beach, Florida
Springfield, Missouri
Southold, New York
Norristown, Pennsylvania

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