Begonia Species, Palm-leaf Begonia, Shrub Begonia

Begonia luxurians

Family: Begoniaceae (be-gon-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Begonia (be-GON-yuh) (Info)
Species: luxurians (luks-YOO-ee-ans) (Info)
Synonym:Scheidweileria luxurians
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Provides Winter Interest

Other details:

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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 woody stem cuttings

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

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

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:

Berkeley, California

Brea, California

Brentwood, California

Costa Mesa, California

Los Angeles, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Bellevue, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 11, 2021, svejk7 from Berkeley, CA wrote:

I grow this outdoors here in Berkeley, CA. I just had to cut the jasmine polyanthum out of it and almost needed a pruning ladder. I love the jasmine but not in my jungle garden. Slow growing for a begonia but major stems will last for years. May need staking. Regular water its leaves will wilt when is feels dry. I use it as the indicator plant for watering my jungle garden. Slow release fertilizer several times a year and top dressing keep it going; I use leaf mold but you have to make your own. Grape compost also quite good.


On Jun 21, 2019, thequietearth from Hemby Bridge, NC wrote:

Ive honestly had OK luck growing this plant but it seems to be finiky at times. I will have a tall plant with many leaves and suddenly the leaves fall off and I'm stuck with a tall stem with leaves on the top of the plant only. I grow many varieties of begonia and with the exception of this one, darthvaderiana, cholorsticta Red Form and maybe a couple others i have excellent luck. They are in a greenhouse type setting with lots of light variation and humidity.


On Jul 15, 2013, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have been growing as a house plant. I got a start from a friend who has a larger plant and puts it outside during the summer only.

I was at Woodland Park Zoo (in Seattle) over the weekend and saw it growing outdoors in two locations near the rainforest exhibit. I am not sure if it is grown there year-round, and if any protection is provided. I will certainly check back during the winter and see if it survives.

I would love to grow it outside too. I love this plant, it gets odd, crazy looking stems (bent, even in circles).


On Jan 15, 2007, Dave_in_Devon from Torquay,
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've been growing this species out of doors here in the UK. The winter has been very mild so far and the plant is growing under the shade of an evergreen tree (Cornus capitata). That said it is continuing to grow well had has flowered for much of the winter. Currently the plant is just over 2m. (6'6") high and unless we have a seriously cold spell, I fully expect it to reach 2.5 or even 3m. this year. As a foliage plant, it is magnificent with dark glossy leaves to over 30cms across, which lend a very luxuriant, tropical effect to the border. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Grow it in shade for the best effect - it will tolerate sun very well, but the leaves on exposed plants tend to be smaller and yellowish green.


On Oct 17, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A very unusual, somewhat leaning yet upright species with attractive, drooping, thin, velvety leaves. The leaves are velvety on the top and, especially, on the underside. It is hardy in zones 9b through 11 and grows well in southern areas of central and throughout warm regions of southern Florida.


On May 15, 2004, DaveH from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

An upright, cane-like begonia with palmate leaves with 11 or more narrow leaflets. The new growth emerges from center of the previous leaf. Although the spectacular foliage is the main feature, fragrant white flowers are an added bonus.