Begonias

Begonias

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The flowers of begonias are remarkably varied. Some begonias have only ‘winged capsules’ as flowers, also called fruits. Others have numerous petals and appear as showy as carnations. My grandmother had begonias in her north-facing, Southern California brick planter. When I was young, I used to eat the small, ‘winged capsule’ flowers and enjoyed their tartness.

Here’s a terrific 4-minute video on how to grow Rex Begonias with gorgeous variegated leaves. Here’s a 3-minute video on pruning and planting an angel wing begonia. This is a beautiful 3-minute video featuring all kinds of begonia flowers.

FunFacts about Begonias: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains more than 1,800 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful flowers, which have sepals but no petals. (Source)
  • There are 1831 species of begonias.
  • In most species, the fruit is a winged capsule.
  • The name ‘begonia’ honors Michel Bégon, a former governor of the French colony of Saint-Domingue which is now known as Haiti.
  • Most species come from tropical regions.
  • In the wild, begonias are understory plants that require bright shade. Few tolerate direct sun.
  • Most begonias are propagated by division or from stem cuttings.
  • Most begonias are edible in small quantities. They are generally sour to the taste. In large quantities, they can be toxic.
  • Some begonia flowers are very showy. Others are a simple winged capsule.

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38 thoughts on “Begonias

  1. Love the beautiful pictures! I enjoyed watching the videos. I have always enjoyed growing begonias. I had one potted begonia that I had while living in northeastern Ohio that I brought in the house, still had it when I moved which my brother had ask for it when I moved he kept it for another year. I fought that some of the begonias are edible.

  2. Pretty flowers. My mom has always grown Begonias. She would hang some and would have to duck your head when walking by because they grew so big. Love all the different colors.

  3. The blooms look so delicate, but I know from experience they are sturdy plants. Beautiful blooms and quite showy!

  4. Love all the pictures but #4 is my favorite-just a gorgeous color, but then a lot of the colors are gorgeous. Don’t think I would eat them and who would have thought you could. AZ

  5. I currently do not have any, but I have grown Begonias. Beautiful flowers. I had the double bloom variety. I didn’t know there were so many different species of the flower. Thank you for the info. I especially enjoyed the first video with the Rex Begonia. Awesome foliage. I think I need to get a Begonia again. They are quite wonderful. Thank you.

  6. I have grown begonias in the spring and summer. I love the videos and all the pictures. Begonias are very beautiful I love the ones shaped like a rose. I never knew there were so many different species. I am from Wytheville Virginia. Thanks for the chance

    • Virgie,
      I didn’t know there were so many different kinds either. I thought there was only the kind my grandmother grew, lol! When I started collecting the pictures, I kept thinking, ‘Well, these can’t be begonias!’ Then I did a little research and voila!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  7. I planted some begonia bulbs this spring. Although the plant was very healthy and grew to about a foot high, It never bloomed. I didn’t over fertilize it so I don’t know what went wrong.

  8. I love these flowers. They are easy to grow, inexpensive to buy and can add a lot of color to gardens-even shady ones!

  9. I love begonias have had many plants through the years but I did not know they were eatable!!!!! WOW!!!!! You always manage to educate this old lady even when I think I’ve got it!!!! LOL

  10. OMG I love plants and can’t wait to start planting again when I get moved, even if just pots! They are so pretty. Can even it the tart ones!!! I am so there! Love learning new facts and new plants. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Liked the pictures. I have a pink one that I have had for about 12 years. I put it on my porch all summer then put in my sun room all winter. It blooms winter and summer.

  12. There is nothing more beautiful than a garden filled with such beautiful plants and the different varieties of begonias are just so amazing and the colors are awesome!

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