Appreciating the Shrub-Like Begonias

Appreciating the Shrub-Like Begonias

Of all the types of begonias, those know as shrub-like are probably the most varied and easiest to grow. They are grown chiefly for their interesting and beautiful foliage, with size, shape, colors, and leaf surfaces and textures in almost endless variety, although,...
Shrub-like begonias: some leaves have hairs

Shrub-like begonias: some leaves have hairs

A large, diverse group, the shrub-like begonias offer interesting foliage, including some velvety leaves, as well as mostly seasonal flowers in pink, cream, or white (a few salmon- and peach-flowering cultivars exist). Some shrub-like plants are grown for the leaves,...
Begonia ‘Paul Hernandez’

Begonia ‘Paul Hernandez’

This plant was hybridized by Patrick Worley in 1981 using B. luxurians x gehrtii. He introduced it in 1985. It takes after its “mama” in that it is a shrub, but like “papa” its leaves are pustulated. Unlike either parent, the leaves are much...
Begonia venosa in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil

Begonia venosa in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil

I went on vacation in July 2001 with my wife and my five and a half year old little girl in the Chapada Diamantina mountain range in western Bahia State in Brazil (My older son, 19, isn’t interested in nature. His interests are his computer, the internet, his...