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Begonia luxurians
  • RHS AGM

palm leaf begonia

B. luxurians is an upright, frost-tender, evergreen perennial reaching heights up to 2.5m. The large palmate leaves, held on red-purple cane-like stems, are divided into lance-shaped, hairy leaflets. Pale yellow to white, fragrant flowers are borne in clusters above the leaves from spring into summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Red Yellow White Bronze Green
Summer Purple Red Yellow White Bronze Green
Autumn Purple Red Bronze Green
Winter Purple Red Bronze Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Begoniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Brazil

How to grow

Cultivation

When planted outdoors, grow in a frost-free site in a well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Under glass, grow in a loam-based compost in filtered light, although it can take direct sunlight in winter. Performs best when humidity levels of 50% or more are maintained when in active growth. See Begonias: outdoors for further advice.

Propagation

Propagate by seed and by stem cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Architectural
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

May be troubled by mealybugs, aphids, mites and scale insects

Diseases

Susceptible to powdery mildews

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