“Begonia” Genus

Begonia Genus

Begonia is a genus of perennial succulents belonging to the Begoniaceae family. Begonia’s typical habitats are the tropics and subtropics. It is a kind of plant with many beautiful colorful leaves and flowers. Typically, these tepals are grouped into two and paired with different sizes. Another noticeable feature of this plant is that it has three wings at the ovaries of the female flowers. Begonia has flowers in pink, red, yellow, or white. More than 10,000 Begonia species are recorded, cultivated, and have hybrid origins. The most common varieties are fibrous-rooted, rhizomatous, or tuberous-rooted. Due to their beautiful colors, Begonias are a popular choice for a garden and even as an indoor pot plant.

Begonia Types

  • Fibrous-rooted – We can divide this Begonia type into wax or beddings. A specific group of Begonia called Semperflorens-Cultorum is mainly used as summer bedding plants. This group is described as wax begonias, cane begonias, dragon-wing (angel-wing) begonias, and other begonia types that have standard root balls with thin roots. The stem of this type of Begonia is the cane stem type, characterized as Begonias with tall stems, hairy, and felt like leaves. The leaves and flowers are also relatively small.
  • Tuberous-rooted – This Begonia type includes the Tuberthybrida group. This type of Begonia grows outdoors with large and colorful flowers. They usually bloom from early summer to the first frost and winter. Tuberous-rooted Begonias prefer filtered light under high trees or up to 4 hours of morning sunlight. Usually, we can propagate this Begonia type through cuttings.
  • Rhizomatous – The Begonia genus is a large group. There are 700 already-known species and hundreds of cultivars under this genus. This is composed of hybrids and species with large and sometimes colorful leaves. These leaves grow from thick rhizomes that grow along soil surfaces. Typically, you’ll see this Begonia type with white or pink flower clusters. The flowers bloom in late winter and spring. Rhizomatous Begonias range from small to immense with 3-foot leaves.

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