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PlantFiles: Begonia
Begonia serratipetala

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: serratipetala (ser-rat-ih-PET-uh-luh) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

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 rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive begoniacrazii On Dec 13, 2006, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

B. serratipetala is a tropical species of begonia from Papua New Guinea (NOT a rex).According to Mark Tebbitt's book on begonias (quote) "It is easily identified by its wine-red stems and leaves with crinkled surfaces, that are glossy green above, with small, raised, pink dots and bronze-green to wine red beneath, and which have pinnately lobed, double-toothed margins."

Positive Toxicodendron On Apr 13, 2005, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

A fairly fast growing rex begonia sold at chain stores nationwide. I rescued one from the clearance aisle at Home Depot. When small, the colors of mine were more silver/lavender/mint green. Over the winter, they deepened to rose shades. I do not know if this is due to lower light levels, short days, or maturity of the plant. This is an easy-care begonia, and it does not seem to mind the occasional watering mistake.


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

Powder Springs, Georgia

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