Iron Cross begonia
A rhizomatous evergreen perennial to 45cm, with large, ovate, rough-textured green leaves, marked in the centre with a dark brown cross-like zone. Small greenish-white flowers in erect panicles
SynonymsBegonia 'Iron Cross'
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Summer||Green White||Brown Green|
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
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
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How to grow
Grow under glass or in a frost-free enviroment. Mainly grown for foliage effect. See Begonias: houseplants for further advice.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
No pruning required
May be infected by powdery mildews
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