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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
begonia 'Silver Spirit'
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
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
'Silver Spirit' is a bushy plant, to 60cm tall, with large, evergreen leaves that can exceed 30cm in length. The predominantly silvery leaves have dark edges and veins and a dark red-purple and pink central star
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow under glass, in indirect light, or in frost-free environment. Avoid wetting the leaves. For further information see begonia cultivation - houseplants
Cultivars should be propagated by leaf cuttings or sections of rhizome in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Patio & Container Plants Sub-tropical
Pruning No pruning required but remove dead or damaged leaves
Pests May be susceptible to the usual glasshouse pests, including glasshouse whitefly
May be infected by powdery mildews and grey moulds
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