Begonia Flower Gifts

Begonia is a genus in the flowering plant family Begoniaceae and is a perennial. The different groups of begonias have different cultural requirements but most species come from tropical regions and therefore they and their hybrids require warm temperatures. Most are forest understory plants and require bright shade; few will tolerate full sun, especially in warmer climates.

Begonia

Begonias encompass a wide array of plants in the Begonia genus.

Other Names: None

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Cucurbitales
Family:
Begoniaceae
Genus: Begonia


Begonia

Descriptions: Begonias are known for their ornate leaves and layered flowers.

Size: Most begonias stand 6 to 8 inches tall they are dense bushy plants.

Symbolism: Begonias symbolize a fanciful nature.

Grow Details: Begonias are tender plants that will not tolerate the cold begonias will not survive a frost in the spring or fall.

Grow Details

Soil Type: Well Drained
Soil PH: Prefers slightly acidic soil PH 5.5 to 6.5.
Water: Moist
Light: (Annual Begonias) Full Sun, Part Shade to Full Shade
Grow Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Characteristics

Height: Begonias grow 6-18 inches tall
Flower Colors: White, Pink, Orange, Scarlet, and Yellow
Propagation: Begonias are propagated from seed or cuttings. Tuberous begonia varieties are commonly propagated by separating and replanting the tuberous roots.
Division/Transplants: n/a
Blooming Period: Late Spring - Summer

Type: Annual, Perennial Shrub

Herbal Remedy Properties: Begonias have a long history of medicinal uses, such as treatment of colds and swelling, and disinfection of wounds. Begonias are known to be an excellent sources of vitamin C.

Native Area: Begonias are native to subtropical and tropical moist climates, they are native to South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia.

Other: The begonia leaves and flowers are used in cooking in China, Japan and Indonesia.


Begonia Flower Gifts

Many begonias will grow and flower year-round but tuberous begonias usually have a dormant period, during which the tubers can be stored in a cool and dry place.

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