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PlantFiles: Palm-leaf Begonia, Shrub Begonia
Begonia luxurians

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Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: luxurians (luks-YOO-ee-ans) (Info)

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Classification:
Shrub

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Bronze-Green
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
By air layering

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

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive in2art On Jul 15, 2013, in2art from Bellevue, WA wrote:

I have been growing as a house plant. I got a start from a friend who has a larger plant and puts it outside during the summer only.

I was at Woodland Park Zoo (in Seattle) over the weekend and saw it growing outdoors in two locations near the rainforest exhibit. I am not sure if it is grown there year-round, and if any protection is provided. I will certainly check back during the winter and see if it survives.

I would love to grow it outside too. I love this plant, it gets odd, crazy looking stems (bent, even in circles).

Positive Dave_in_Devon On Jan 15, 2007, Dave_in_Devon from Torquay
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've been growing this species out of doors here in the UK. The winter has been very mild so far and the plant is growing under the shade of an evergreen tree (Cornus capitata). That said it is continuing to grow well had has flowered for much of the winter. Currently the plant is just over 2m. (6'6") high and unless we have a seriously cold spell, I fully expect it to reach 2.5 or even 3m. this year. As a foliage plant, it is magnificent with dark glossy leaves to over 30cms across, which lend a very luxuriant, tropical effect to the border. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Grow it in shade for the best effect - it will tolerate sun very well, but the leaves on exposed plants tend to be smaller and yellowish green.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Oct 17, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A very unusual, somewhat leaning yet upright species with attractive, drooping, thin, velvety leaves. The leaves are velvety on the top and, especially, on the underside. It is hardy in zones 9b through 11 and grows well in southern areas of central and throughout warm regions of southern Florida.

Positive DaveH On May 15, 2004, DaveH from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

An upright, cane-like begonia with palmate leaves with 11 or more narrow leaflets. The new growth emerges from center of the previous leaf. Although the spectacular foliage is the main feature, fragrant white flowers are an added bonus.

Regional...

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

Brea, California
Brentwood, California
Costa Mesa, California
Los Angeles, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Bellevue, Washington



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