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A spectacular epiphyte with thick creeping stems and large, very broadly ovate leaves.
Begonia bipinnatifida offers a very unique finely textured foliage that is dark green with a deep red to almost maroon coloration on the stems and underside of the leaves. Each division of the pinnate leaf is also pinnate: this gives the leaves a fern-like appearance. This plant prefers a warm, humid environment and occasionally produces bright pink flowers.
It does not appreciate cold water, nor does it like water to be constantly on its leaves. Begonia bipinnatifida plants are recommended to be grown in contained atmosphere (terrarium) under horticultural fluorescent lights. They require particularly bright light, therefore they need to be closed to the centre of the light where light levels are most intense.
Alternatively, plants grown under natural sunlight on a windowsill will often perform best when provided with a south facing position in winter and est-facing one in summer.
The cultivar, Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire' is widely available commercially and can be used in containers, in hanging baskets and as a landscape plant.
Its large, metallic-looking leaves sport bright-pink variegation that demands attention. Each leaf has a glossy, bronze-green background, with pink streaks that almost look painted on.
It likes bright light, but not much direct sun, which may burn the leaves. Like most Begonias, it prefers moist, fertile soil that is well-draining.
Begonia carolineifolia is an easy Begonia for the living room which has a striking woody trunk and and palm-life shaped leaves.
This species is a cane stemmed type Begonia that has thick stems and fairly large nodes. The name Angel wings was given for the shape of their leaves that are kind of like Angel wings. Leaves are glossy and have a red outer edge on some varieties and a red underside. These flowers are a small waxy type that grow in groups from the stems, and kind of droop or hang. Flowers commonly bloom bright red to light pink in color.
Begonia corallina is a cane type begonia. They get their name from their stems, which grow tall and woody with prominent bamboo like joints. The plants are erect on multiple stems reaching 5 foot or more.
Begonia corallina is one of the easiest of the begonia species to grow.
Each leaf features a bright green stripe that dissects the center of the velvet dark green leaves. The underside of each leaf is a rich mahogany color.
Begonia listada is well suited to a bright position, free from direct sunlight.