Begonia ‘Pollux’

Begonia ‘Pollux’

B. ‘Pollux’ is a rex, jointed at or below the soil with erect stems. The foliage is a stippled silver and is quite attractive. It was hybridized in 1994 in Japan by Yamaguchi. Only in the last few years, however, has it made its way into the United States. B. ‘Pollux’...
Begonia ‘Fireflush’

Begonia ‘Fireflush’

B. ‘Fireflush’ was introduced to the world in France in 1866 by a hybridizer still unknown. Even crediting Rougier of de Ville de Paris with introducing it to the public may not be correct. At some point this plant was also known as B. ‘Bettina Rothschild.’ Jan...
Begonia rex ‘Putzeys’

Begonia rex ‘Putzeys’

Begonia rex ‘Putzey’ came into cultivation as a stowaway plant that germinated on an orchid which was imported into England at the height of the Victorian plant collecting fever. It came from Assam, India which is in the Himalayan foothills. It was...
Rex Cultorum Begonias: Gloriously Gaudy

Rex Cultorum Begonias: Gloriously Gaudy

The Rex Cultorum group — whose members commonly are known as “rex begonias” — is aptly named. These “kings” of the Begonia world display wildly varied leaves streaked, bordered, spotted, and splotched by many colors. They also...