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Begonia scharffiana

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Begonia scharffii
Phonetic Spelling
be-GON-yuh skar-fee-AY-nuh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Begoniaceae is a large flowering plant family with about 1500 different species and hundreds of hybrids. Mature begonia plants range in size from a few inches high to over 12 feet high and the flowers, foliage colors and sizes are very diverse.

Begonia scharffiana, or Elephant Ear Begonia, is a tender, herbaceous perennial grown for its interesting leaves and colorful white flowers. It is a bushy begonia with hairy, wide leaves and white flowers with red hairs. The plant can obtain a bushier form if the tips are pinched back and the outer stems are pruned during the growing season. Elephant Ear is typically grown indoors in containers or hanging baskets in moist, well-drained soil under filtered light, but it can take some direct sun in the winter. Begonias also grow very well in peat-based compost. They are not hardy enough to be grown outdoors above USDA zone 10 (unless you intend to grow the plant as an annual) and they prefer the hot and humid climate of its native southern Brazil.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

Sudden temperature change causes leaves to drop.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Begonia
    Species:
    scharffiana
    Family:
    Begoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Brazil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Weeping
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Long-lasting pendant clusters of white flowers with red hairs blooming June through November.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Attractive foliage with hairy, wide leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Description:
    Stems are flexible and zig-zag between the nodes.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Humidity
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Kidney failure (in grazing animals), vomiting, salivation in dogs/cats. The most toxic part is underground.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Soluble calcium oxalates
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No