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Begonia semperflorens-cultorum, B. x tuberhybrida is often confused with:
Begonia tuberhybrida-cultorum Begonia tuberhybrida-cultorum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Aucuba japonica Aucuba japonica
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Schlumbergera truncata Schlumbergera truncata

Begonia semperflorens-cultorum, B. x tuberhybrida

Phonetic Spelling
beh-GO-nee-ah sem-pur-FLOR-enz kul-TOR-um
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Fibrous rooted or tuberous rooted herb; leaves alternate, simple, broad, toothed, highly variable in texture and color; flowers in small, axillary clusters, 4-parted, with 2 small and 2 large, petal-like parts, white, pink, or red, many stamens; fruit a winged capsule.

Succulent herb 6-18" tall, involving a complex of hybrid selections.

FEMALE FLOWERS with 4-5 subequal petals, bearing an inferior swollen ovary with wings; style 3-branched above, branches erect, contorted near base, yellow, and resemble an erect horseshoe. 

MALE FLOWERS with 4 unequal petals, two lateral petals very narrow, othe pair broad obovate; stamens numerous, clustered, exerted with prominent yellow stamens. 

Confused with tuberous begonia & distinguished in literature by fibrous roots; in field, tuberous has an elongated leaf with a length/width ratio of 2-3, and with male flower borne between a pair of female flowers; summer bloomer from July through September; will thrive in full sun if watered frequently, a water guzzler. 

Found in: Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape in flower garden as cultivated herbaceous annuals

Quick ID Hints:

  • Succulent with asymmetrical/oblique, waxy leaves 
  • Leaves broad ovate to obicular, L/W ratio near 1
  • Male flowers clustered, 4-petals with 2 narrow lateral petals
  • Female flowers with prominent winged ovary
  • Styles 3, branched into erect yellow horseshoes

Best in shaded sites and humus-rich soil; sun tolerant with frequent watering; seed sown in January in gentle heat, not covered with compost, planted out in early June; susceptable to rot, fungal diseases, mealy bugs & thrips.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#annual#succulent#shade shrub#interiorscape#shade flower#cpp#lanscape#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#annual#succulent#shade shrub#interiorscape#shade flower#cpp#lanscape#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Begonia
    Species:
    semperflorens-cultorum
    Family:
    Begoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Winged capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Description:
    Flowers in small, axillary clusters, 4-parted, with 2 small and 2 large, petal-like parts, white, pink, or red, many stamens. Axillary cymes of small flowers, male and female flowers segregated. White, pink or reddish; anthers and pistil yellow.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Waxy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves alternate, simple, toothed, highly variable in texture and color. Glossy, waxy, ovate to broad ovate-oval, crenately-serrulate, oblique basally, green to bronze, often red-tinged in sun; length/width ratio of blade near 1.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Branched, clumping, fleshy, glabrous.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Burning of mouth, throat, lips, and tongue, swelling, difficulty with speech and swallowing; possibly nausea and vomiting.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Oxalates
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Roots