A bushy evergreen perennial to 1m in height, with large ovate lobed dark metallic-green leaves, red on veins and lower surface. Small hairy pale pink flowers
Other common namesmetallic-leaf begonia
SynonymsBegonia incarnata 'Metallica'
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Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
South–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
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
- Plant range
- C & S America
How to grow
Under glass grow in light, well-drained loam-based or loam-less potting compost in bright filtered light with shade from hot sun at a minimum of 17°C. Water moderately when in growth and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser at alternative waterings. To encourage compact growth, pinch out the growing tips twice during the growing season. See Begonias: houseplants for further advice.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
No pruning required
May be subject to powdery mildews, stem rot and rhizome rot
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