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Begonia cucullata

Begonia cucullata or as commonly known Wax Begonia, Begonia cucullifolia, Begonia dispar, Begonia nervosa, Begonia paludicola, Begonia semperflorens, Begonia setaria, or Clubed Begonia is from the Begoniaceae family of plants. Begonia genus is a very large genus of almost 1800 plants. Begonia cucullata is native to South America to be more specific, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Begonia cucullata
Begonia cucullata at London’s Kensington Garden Flower Walk

Begonia cucullata is a herbaceous perennial. It has succulent pale green to almost reddish bronze-colored leaves. They are scalloped shaped. The flowers which could be red, pink, or white bloom in the summer. Sometimes they flower year-round depending on the climate. Therefore they are popular for beddings and borders. They produce a lot of seeds and in the right climate, they could be considered invasive for example in Florida or Georgia.

How to grow Begonia cucullata:

Begonia cucullata grows to about 18in or 45cm. Grow them in the sun, partial shade, or full shade. Plant them in fertile moist but well-drained soil. You should not have them too wet but don’t let them go dry either. They do like fertilizers which encourages more flowers. They don’t require much care, but you can pinch them to make them bushier. It is better to water them from below rather than spraying leaves to avoid leave spots and fungal diseases. Also, watch out for mealybugs. You can propagate Begonia cucullata from cuttings.

Begonia cucullata
Begonia cucullata

Also read about Begonia grandis or Begonia semperflorens.

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