Over 1000 species of Begonia
are native to warm parts of Asia, Africa, North America and
South America. In addition to the many
species, gardeners have produced countless hybrids. The lotus-leaf begonia is
native to Mexico.
Large rounded leaves arise from a trailing stem. Leaves may be green or
reddish. White to pink flowers stand on stalks above the foliage.
Light: part sun to shade
Water: moist, well-drained soil, somewhat drought tolerant, will not tolerate soggy conditions
Soil: no special requirements
This plant is widely grown in south Florida but its ability to withstand temperatures below freezing is not widely known. At temperatures in the mid-20’s F, the leaves will die back but the plant will resprout in spring. Mulch over the trailing stem will help protect the plant. Like most begonias, this one grows well in a shady spot in a well-drained soil. In Jacksonville, it may be best to plant this begonia in a protected site.