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Begonia
Begonia odorata var. alba

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: odorata var. alba
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Classification:

Shrub

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Bokeelia, Florida

De Leon Springs, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Hollywood, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Sep 22, 2014, Dean48089 from Warren, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought one of these in the spring looking forward to it perfuming my front porch all summer. It made a big, attractive plant that bloomed constantly, however, I was either sent a similar scentless species or the species is not reliably fragrant as I have never detected ANY fragrance whatsoever regardless of time of day. I will try again next year with a new plant from a different source.

Positive

On Mar 17, 2007, Joelle from Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this begonia, the fragrance of the flowers is one the best in the entire plant world! According to Tebbitt though it's more properly labeled Begonia obliqua, a variable species.

Neutral

On Mar 13, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I am not 100% sure but I think this plant is the same as the white cultivar known as 'White Angel'.