Begonia Species, Star Begonia

Begonia heracleifolia

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: heracleifolia (hair-uh-klee-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Hybridized by Chamisso-Schlechtendal
Registered or introduced: 1830
Synonym:Begonia jatrophifolia
Synonym:Begonia longipila
Synonym:Begonia nigrescens
Synonym:Begonia punctata
Synonym:Begonia radiata
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

New Port Richey, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

New Orleans, Louisiana

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 27, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I too have done considerable research on this plant as I recently purchased a huge one from a local "hobby" tropical plant grower. I paid him the most I have ever paid for a begonia, as I had never seen a Star Begonia before, and I was struck with an attack of "plant lust" at the time. The grower told me he had found his original plant growing on his property near Gainesville, Florida, when he first moved there.

I live in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, and the culture sheet that came with this plant says it is winter hardy in the ground in this area: "A hard frost will kill the foliage but the rhizomes will survive a hard freeze. The rhizomes grow close to the soil surface and spread several inches a year, eventually forming a nice mat. The flower stems appear very earl... read more


On Oct 27, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
I researched this begonia for a very long time and could not locate a cultivar name. It was given to me by a nice lady who lives in Houston. It has simple, palmate, coarse textured leaves which are at least 10 inches across at their widest points. It blooms only in the spring and can be used as a flowering ground cover or a specimen foliage plant. I have it in a hanging basket with the leaves cascading out and downward as well as upward. It does not prefer full sun nor full shade, preferring medium light; I have it located in partial shade. The light green stems are very sturdy and are covered in maroonish colored bumps which make them strikingly beautiful. According to several sources, these begonia used to be highly available in the 60s, but are difficult to locat... read more