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Begonia bowerae (Eyelash Begonia)

Eyelash Begonia, Begonia bowerae var. major, Begonia bowerae var. nigramarga, Begonia bowerae var. roseflora, Rhizomatous Begonias


Noted for its ornate foliage, Begonia bowerae (Eyelash Begonia) is an evergreen, creeping, rhizomatous perennial mostly grown for its striking foliage of small, heart shaped, emerald green leaves, adorned with chocolate marks and bristles around their edges. Blooming freely in late winter and early spring, it produces loose clusters of pink-tinted, white flowers that are held on thin pink stems above the foliage. This miniature rhizomatous begonia can be grown outdoors in pots, in the ground to form a lovely groundcover or in hanging baskets. In mild winter areas, it may remain outdoors year-round as long as it does not freeze. Great as an indoor plant too, thanks to its rich colors and relatively rapid growth.

  • Grows up to 10-12 in. tall (25-30 cm) and 8-10 in. wide (20-25 cm).
  • Prefers partial shade and organically rich, moist but well-drained soils. This begonia requires high humidity during the growing period. Let the soil dry between waterings and avoid overwatering as it may cause fungal diseases or rot.
  • Propagate leaf cuttings or sections of rhizome.
  • No pruning required. Remove dead leaves promptly and keep the soil surface free of debris to avoid disease problems. Pinching tips and pruning outer stems in the growing season gives a bushier plant
  • Watch for snails and powder mildew.
  • Native of tropical Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Begonias
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 8" – 10" (20cm – 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Begonias
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 8" – 10" (20cm – 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers

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