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PlantFiles: Cane Begonia, Angel Wing Begonia
Begonia coccinea 'Pink'

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink
Additional cultivar information: (aka Dona-Ema)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


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:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood 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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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sylvanmaid On Sep 6, 2009, Sylvanmaid from New Ulm, TX wrote:

I found a pot of sticks at a house I rented in college, over 40 years ago, in Colorado. On a whim, I started watering the pot and soon and the sticks came to life and turned into a beautiful Angel Wing begonia. I carried that plant with me to Arkansas and then Texas, making cuttings from it all the while, and I still have numerous offspring from that original "stick". Some I use as houseplants, some as porch plants under shade, and I'm going to try putting some in the ground this fall. The leaves alone make for a beautiful plant but when it blooms, it's simply stunning! It requires little care although it's important NOT to overwater it.

Positive jaslacovis On Aug 28, 2009, jaslacovis from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I order my Begonia's online from Logees Greenhouse. I've had great sucess with every type including this one. They grow fine outside in the summer. I can usually get my fiberous begonia's to bloom in the fall and spring when the avail light begins to deminish. I cut mine back at the end of each summer when they get too leggy or tall. Passing out the stem cuttings to friends.

Neutral tinagreen On Aug 1, 2009, tinagreen from Kennewick, WA wrote:

i started this huge plant from one leaf that looked dead and cob webs all over it....but i put some water in the cup and it came back. i don't know anything about it except for that i love the leaves...they are very beautiful. i did learn that these things flower! i didn't know that cause mine sure doesn' can i find out why and help my plant to start?

Positive 1MRD On Apr 23, 2009, 1MRD from Oakland, MD wrote:

I have this plant, I love it and think its beautiful. I have an issue however, one of my taller plants is slowing dying from the bottom up. Long story short I have my dog to thank for that. Anywho, Could some please help me out with a method of removing the portion of healthy plant and rooting it. A PM or response through the notes would be a huge help. It is an amazing plant, suggest it to everyone.

Positive JRush On Aug 29, 2008, JRush from Guilford, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

This cane Begonia loves a shady spot outdoors, & more than an hour or two of direct sunlight will burn the leaves. Indoors, any bright window will do.
Larger plants will benefit from a yearly pruning. Cut stalks back to 4-6" in early Winter, when the stalks begin to lose the lower leaves. This will ensure new cane growth, & a full, lush plant for the next growing season. Make 6" pieces from the cuttings & sink them 2-3" into damp peat/soil to propagate.


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

Brea, California
Calistoga, California
San Jose, California
Bartow, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Snellville, Georgia
Lewiston, Maine
Oakland, Maryland
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Canton, Mississippi
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Seymour, Tennessee
Ferris, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Webster, Texas
Kennewick, Washington

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