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Begonia 'Escargot' (Rex Begonia)

Rex Begonia 'Escargot', Rex Cultorum Begonias


Extremely popular, Begonia Escargot' is an evergreen, rhizomatous perennial mostly grown for its striking, spiral-shaped foliage that curls around at the base of the leaf. The snail curl pattern is accentuated by the spiralling green, silver and chocolate colors, creating a most arresting display. The small pale pink flowers are an added bonus. Combine this Rex begonia with other foliage plants or brightly colored shade-loving plants. Perfect for pots and containers, it makes a wonderful houseplant.

  • Winner of the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm).
  • Prefers partial shade and organically rich, moist but well-drained soils. Rex begonias require high humidity and heavy fertilization during the growing period. Let the soil dry between waterings and avoid overwatering as it may cause fungal diseases or rot.
  • Propagate by 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.
  • Watch for caterpillars, mealybugs, tarsonemid mite, thrips, vine weevil, aphids and powder mildew.

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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 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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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 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance High
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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