B. ludwigii | Photo: Don Miller

The thick-stemmed description is so variable, that there is no cohesive group of begonias that really exemplifies it, and there are many forms. These begonias all have very thick stems, and usually do not branch much, instead sending up new growth from the base.

As they grow the thick stems are exposed, usually as lower leaves drop off and only the newer leaves on the tips remain. These can be very attractive and are definitely unusual if you’re looking for something different to grow.

Articles About Thick-Stemmed Begonias

Begonia crassicaulis

Begonia crassicaulis

B. crassicaulis was first published by John Lindley in 1842. It is native to Central America, more specifically Gautemala…

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Begonia ‘Rudy’

Begonia ‘Rudy’

Rudy Ziesenhenne of Santa Barbara created this begonia in 1975. Before Rudy named it, a customer to his greenhouse spotted it…

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Begonia grisea

Begonia grisea

Begonia grisea has been known for a long time, but is not frequently cultivated. It was described...

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Begonia handelii

Begonia handelii

This species Begonia is native to northern Vietnam. Edgar Irmscher first published this name in...

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Species used to create thick-stemmed cultivars; links are to the International Database of the BEGONIACEAE