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Begonia 'De Elegans'


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin - Japanese hybrid created in 1969
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous begonia to 30 cm tall
Foliage Leaves asymmetric, to 8(-10)cm long by 6(-7)cm wide, base color dull dark green, veins bright lime green. Upper surface of leaves hairy, covered with silver, cone/ barnacle like projections. 

Landscaping Features

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

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (Prefers high humidity and a loose, well drained planting media/ soil. Allow media to dry out slightly in between waterings. Do not overwater as excessive moisture collected around the rhizomes can cause the plant to rot.)
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting, Leaf Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Light Green, Silver / Grey, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Brown, Red
Young Flush Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute, Rough

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31664
Species ID 6063
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.