• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Begonia rex (R)

Fan plant

Fan plant

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  • Other common names Fan plant
    King begonia

    Painted-leaf begonia

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  • Genus Begonia can be annuals, evergreen or deciduous perennials or shrubs, with fibrous, tuberous or rhizomatous roots and usually asymmetrical leaves, often strikingly patterned, and small or large flowers, both male and female in the same cluster

  • Family Begoniaceae / Begoniaceae

  • Species R. rex is an evergreen perennial to 30cm, with large, obliquely ovate leaves which are metallic green with a silvery zone on the upper surface, reddish beneath; panicles of small pink flowers in winter

  • Plant range Assam

  • Horticultural Group Rex begonias are evergreen, rhizomatous perennials grown for their handsome, brightly coloured leaves, rather than the small pale pink or white flowers which may appear in spring, summer or autumn


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming



  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass or in frost-free enviroment. Mainly grown for foliage

Propagation Propagate by seed, leaf cuttings or sections of rhizome

Suggested planting locations and garden types Sub-tropical Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Can get caterpillars, mealybugs, tarsonemid mite, thrips, vine weevil and aphids

Diseases May be infected by powdery mildews

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