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Begonia Semperflorens Cultorum Group


Begonia Semperflorens Cultorum Group

Family Name: Begoniaceae
Common Name: Wax begonia, Bedding begonia


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Annual


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin -  this is a hybrid from the semperflorens-cultorum group

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Compact, upright succulent herb with fibrous roots, to 20cm (dwarf varieties) or 30cm (taller varieties) in height.
Foliage Leaf color ranges from light - mid green, reddish brown to dark maroon depending on the variety.
Flowers Flowers single or bicolored, white or in shades of pink or red. Plants can also be single or double flowered depending on the hybrid/ variety.

Landscaping Features

Landscaping In areas with subtropical/ temperate conditions, the semperflorens-cultorum group are popular as bedding plants and can be grown in full sun. In tropical lowland conditions, it appears to fare better in well ventilated, semi shaded conditions.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

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
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Low Humidity / Aircon
Diseases Susceptible to powdery mildew and bacterial leaf spot.  Soft rot may also occur if plants are grown in areas that are too humid & not well ventilated.
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Black, Brown, Green, Red
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Powdery / Waxy Bloom

Floral (Angiosperm)

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

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) Brown
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Papery
Seed Quantity Per Fruit Numerous (>20)

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Master ID 31220
Species ID 5614
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.