The rhizomatous types have colorful and patterned leaves with relatively compact growth. They have the added bonus of a massive display of spring flowers that can cover the entire plant. Rhizomatous begonias range in size from tiny miniatures to large plants such as B. ‘Freddie’ that can have 3-foot leaves under optimum conditions (one growing outdoors in Hawaii grew this large).

A pass along plant for the ages.

B. ‘Erythrophylla’ is an early hybrid that is often called the beef steak Begonia because of its large, kidney-shaped leaves. Rhizomatous leaves have intricate patterns and almost any earth tone color. Some are hairy-leaved, some are round and shiny, and others are star-shaped. There is really no end to the variety of leaf shape, color and texture in this type of Begonia.

B. ‘Erythrophylla’

The subcategory ‘Upright Jointed’

The subcategory of Upright Jointed rhizomatous begonias has an underground rhizome which sends up stems that grow upwards (a bit cane-like), instead of creeping or hugging the ground. Because the main stem is buried below the soil, this type is often quite hardy outdoors.

B. diadema | Photo: Marilyn Watson

Articles About Rhizomatous Begonias

B. ‘Alafia’

B. ‘Alafia’

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B. versicolor

B. versicolor

Begonia versicolor is a rhizomatous begonia from central China. It was discovered by Dr. Edgar...

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B. U303

B. U303

At the 1993 Convention in Miami, Tamsin Boardman gave a leaf of a plant labeled B.U303 to Barbara...

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B.masoniana

B.masoniana

B. masoniana. | Photo: indoorgardenook.comBegonia masoniana was brought to England from Singapore...

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B. crispula

B. crispula

B. crispula Brade is a Brazilian species described in 1950. Three to six inch orbicular, crinkled...

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B. chitoensis

B. chitoensis

Begonia chitoensis was published in 1977 by Tang-Shui Liu and Ming-Jou Lai. The original citation...

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More Photos of Species Rhizomatous Begonia

B. bowera | Photo: Dave H ©2021

B. decora | Photo: Claude Barrère ©2021

B. glandulosa | Photo: Ross Bolwell

B. imperialis | Photo: Al Palacio ©2021

B. manicata

B. masoniana | Photo: Andrejs Marcenko ©2021

B. plebeja

B. aridicaulis | Photo: Buxton Branch of ABS ©2021

B. deliciosa

B. acetosa | Photo: Randy Kerr

B. nelumbiifolia

B. heracleifolia

B. kenworthyae | Photo: 2021 Melbourne Begonia Society

B. strigillosa | Photo: Steve’s Leaves Inc. ©2021

B. violifolia | Photo: Stéphane Follin ©2021