Begonia dregei

Begonia dregei

This plant was discovered by J.F Drège in the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa in 1836, the same year it was described. While the plant is classed as semi-tuberous, it forms a caudex at its base, not a tuber. Because the plant has been in cultivation for so long, much...
Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana

Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana

Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana is commonly called the hardy begonia because it can survive winters to USDA Zone 6. It is also incorrectly known as B. discolor and B. evansiana. It is a species that comes from China and was published in 1939. The Thompsons, in their...
Begonia ‘Torsa’

Begonia ‘Torsa’

This begonia is classified as ‘tuberous, first-generation hybrid, tall-growing’ by the Thompsons. Its flowers are pink and blooms moderately in the late summer and fall. It’s parentage is B. evansiana X B. ‘Bhotan species’. B. evansiana (= B. grandis ssp. evansiana)...
Begonia taliensis

Begonia taliensis

B. taliensis is a tuberous species from China which grows in shrubberies or mixed forests at high altitudes (about 6,000 feet). It was published by Gagnepain in the Bulletin of the Paris Museum of Natural History in 1919. The leaves are basal in that they all come out...
Begonia picta

Begonia picta

Begonia picta is a tuberous species that was discovered in the high Himalayan foothills. It was published in 1807, making it one the earliest published begonias in any of the groups. The Thompsons, in their BEGONIAS: A Complete Reference Guide classify B. picta as a...
The Begonia of the Socotra Archipelago

The Begonia of the Socotra Archipelago

As Freda Holley kindly included my request for material of Begonia socotrana and its hybrids in a previous issue, I thought readers of the Begonian may be interested to read a little about the species by way of thanks. I have been interested in the Begoniaceae since a...