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Begonia silletensis subsp. mengyangensis

A rhizomatous perennial, up to 80cm high, with large, asymmetric, glossy bright green leaves up to 40cm long. Clusters of small, fragrant white flowers. sometimes lightly touched with pink, are produced in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Begoniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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
China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acid potting compost, in full light with shade from hot sun. Water moderately when in growth, ideally by immersing pots and allowing to drain, as this helps to prevent waterlogging. This species appreciates humidity. See begonias: houseplants for more detailed advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed, leaf cuttings or root cuttings (sections of rhizome)

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to caterpillars, mealybugs, mites, thrips, vine weevil and aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds (botrytis), powdery mildews and stem rot

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