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Begonia 'Fireworks'


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin - a Rex hybrid between Begonia rex and Begonia cathayana, produced by Michael J. Kartuz and registered in 1976.
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous begonia to 25cm tall
Foliage Leaves to 15cm long, silver, center of leaves and veins dark purple. Edge of leaves with a dark purple border and scattered silver blotches/ markings. Veins on underside of leaves and petioles red hairy.
Flowers Flowers pink
Cultivation Purple and silver coloration appears to be more intense in specimens grown under slightly cooler temperatures (e.g. in air conditioned areas). Specimens grown outdoors appear to have more green on the leaves.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Hanging Basket

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Black, Green, Purple, Silver / Grey
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Brown, Green, Purple, Red
Young Flush Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31143
Species ID 5536
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.