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Begonia solananthera A. DC.
  • RHS AGM

Brazilian heart begonia

A scandent species with glossy green leaves that are ovate to heart-shaped. Scented clusters of flowers are borne in winter. These are white, touched red in the centres

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter White Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing

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

Grow in a hanging basket lined with moss to allow water to drain through, but not to dry out. Keep out of direct sun and avoid wetting the leaves. See begonia cultivation - houseplants

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

Regularly pinch out growing tips to encourage bushiness

Pests

Susceptible to the usual glasshouse pests such as glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

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

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