Begonia Rex (Painted-leaf begonia)

Begonia Rex has an amazing variety of colors, shapes, variegation and more. I am always looking for shade plants and begonia are always a great source of lovely color and variety for those places that simply don’t have enough sun for more showy, flowering plants.

This Begonia Rex Google Image Search will give you a good overview of the variety available.

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Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains 1,795 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful flowers, which have sepalsbut no petals.

With 1,795 species, Begonia is the fifth-largest angiosperm genus.[1][2] The species are terrestrial (sometimes epiphytic) herbs or undershrubs, and occur in subtropical and tropical moist climates, in South and Central America, Africa, and southern Asia. Terrestrial species in the wild are commonly upright-stemmed, rhizomatous, or tuberous. The plants are monoecious, with unisexual male and female flowers occurring separately on the same plant; the male contains numerous stamens, and the female has a large inferior ovary and two to four branched or twisted stigmas. In most species, the fruit is a winged capsule containing numerous minute seeds, although baccate fruits are also known. The leaves, which are often large and variously marked or variegated, are usually asymmetric (unequal-sided).  — Wikipedia

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