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Begonia Species, Shrub Begonia

Begonia brevirimosa subsp. exotica

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: brevirimosa subsp. exotica
Additional cultivar information:(aka Exotica, Edinburgh)
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Classification:

Shrub

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Good Fall Color

Textured

Veined

Velvet/Fuzzy

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

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

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Orange/Apricot

Pink/Rose

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers

Regional

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

Puyallup, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 27, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Shrub type species begonia which originates from Papua New Guinea. Specifically B. brevirimosa subsp. exotica occurs inland in the mountains of the Western Highlands in Pogera Province (Tebbitt)

Neutral

On Mar 18, 2007, Joelle from Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This begonia is actually the same as 'Exotica'. According to Tebbitt 'Exotica' and 'Edinburgh' are trade or popular names for the same plant. I can attest that there is no noticable difference between the two. They are both growing in the Tropical House at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. I've kept a close eye on both and they are identical in growth habit, bloom and color.

Positive

On Feb 5, 2007, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

In drier areas, this is most definitely a terrarium species. It is a HIGH humidity requiring begonia, but well worth the extra effort. Though considered a shrub begonia, this one will actually propagate via leaf cutting. This is not the norm for a shrub type.
According to Tebbitt's book, this species originates in Papua New Guinea.

B. exotica, B. brevirimosa 'Exotica' and B. brevirimosa 'Edinburgh' are subspecies of B. brevirimosa

Neutral

On Aug 22, 2006, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This beautiful leafed begonia is not for the average home culture. It needs high humidity and will thrive in a terrarium or very humid greenhouse. It is upright in nature and considered shrub like.

Positive

On Mar 27, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This Begonia (some sources say itīs from Africa. Others, from New Guinea) is an erect herb, growing up to 90cm tall. As a typical jungle herb, it lives under high moisture, high temperatures, and partial shade conditions.

It has atractive dark green leaves, with pink spots. The flowers are small, light pink, not really atractive, but still cute.

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