What is the name of this large, WHITE cane begonia

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)March 19, 2011

Ok, I have become obsessed with finding this very large, white cane begonia. I first saw it on an Australian garden blog (see link below). I have been unable to find it in the U.S. I have tried Begonia Society websites, begonia specialty nurseries and eBay - all with no luck. Asking the blogger for a cutting is impractical because he is in Sydney, Australia.

I would really like to know the name of it - more than the name 'Begonia coccinea', which is also used to refer to many pink varieties.

Note that this begonia has no white spots on the leaves.

Do you know the name of this begonia? And even better, do you know anyone who has a cutting they would swap for the pink variety, which I have?

Thanks!

Carol

Jacksonville, Florida

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos of Large, White Cane Begonia

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orchids41

You are not alone in your lust for this begonia, Carol. I stumbled across this blog recently and quickly became obsessed, as well. I'm fairly new to begonias...only off and on in the last ten years or so...so I'm thrown by the 'coccinea', which means red/pink. Lots of begonias have that tag stuck in their pots, but that doesn't mean they're B. coccinea. I ordered a couple of B. undulata plants from Kartuz, thinking it might be that one. If anyone else has this one, I'm in the market, too. You can't send plants through the mail from one country to another, and if customs finds them in your luggage or whatever, they confiscate and destroy them. judy south of you

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 10:17AM
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peggiewho(z9 Ca)

In the recent post 'What happened to Antonelli Bros?' woebegonia clues us in to pedrickscorner.com.
This is a very interesting sight. I am getting beyond novice into wanting more interesting plants. Hanging baskets started me off growing fuchsia and begonias. I am to the point that local vender and big box stores don't have anything that excites me. This sight is run by a collector. He might be able to identify the begonia you are looking for. He is not selling the begonias, this area is not developed? I would not hesitate to inquire about any fuchsia or begonia. This is a lover of plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Michael Breneman

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 4:13PM
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eahamel(9a)

I know it's a bit late to be responding to this, but it looks like a white coccinea to me. I've seen coccineas in red, pink and white. I don't know why the white one is also called coccinea, but it is!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2011 at 7:57PM
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orchids41

Well, if anyone's still interested, my B.undulata is about three feet tall and blooming. It is definitely NOT the one in the picture. As a matter of fact, it's my least favorite begonia. The B. coccinea 'alba' that I ordered from Gardino's nursery is also growing and blooming and it definitely DOES look the same...or close enough for me.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 8:30PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Judy, thank you so much for the follow up! If you get some time, please post photos of your B. coccinea 'alba'.

Thanks again - much appreciated!

Carol

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 1:33PM
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gregsytch(z9b Tampa Bay)

That begonia is 'Mrs Hashimoto', a rather old hybrid created about 40 years ago. It is uncommon. I used to grow it until the hurricanes of '04 drastically reduced my shade and begonias! There is a begonia I sell called 'Denno's White' created here in Tampa Bay that is similar. Check out eBay and see if they have any similar varieties listed. Greg

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 7:12AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

I have discovered that this begonia is rather common in Australia but rather uncommon in the United States.

Believe me, searching eBay was begun in the early steps of searching. No one there has it. I've consulted experts in the U.S. - some from the Society, some from major begonia websites. As of today, this is a Down-Under begonia and it has not reached the U.S shores - yet. I am convinced that growers/sellers monitor all of the GardenWeb forums to see what folks are looking for and this one will eventually reach us. In no less than five years, I bet I'll be able to find it in any good nursery.

Carol

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 8:59AM
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orchids41

Greg: I would love to buy one of your Denno's White begonias. I think we're friends on FB, so let me know, PLEASE. Glad to see you're reading this forum because I want to tell you how gorgeous the begonias are at the Albin Polasek gardens. As I recall, from reading The Begonian, you had a hand in designing and planting the begonia beds. My daughter and I were there last week and were blown away by their beauty. What a *gem* that little museum and garden is!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 6:52PM
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orchids41

Carol--Did you receive the pictures of my B. undulata that I sent by e-mail? Feel free to post them in the "gallery." I'd do it myself if I knew how.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 7:59PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Here are photos of Judy's Begonia undulata. I agree with Judy - both the flowers as well as the edges of the leaves are tinged with pink. The pedicels are also pink. The elusive begonia in the blog has pure white flowers and mostly white pedicels (link below).

I'm hoping Judy will also send me photos of her Begonia coccinea 'alba'. If I get them, I will post them with her permission.


Judy's Begonia undulata


Judy's Begonia undulata

Carol

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos of Large, White Cane Begonia

    Bookmark   April 14, 2012 at 2:50PM
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orchids41

I finally got some pictures of the B. coccinea 'alba' I ordered from....can't remember off-hand. (LOL)

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:00AM
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orchids41

GARDINO'S THAT'S the name of the nursery in South Florida where I found this begonia.

I also found Mrs. Hashimoto at GlassHouse Works, but theirs is pink/red.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2012 at 11:03AM
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chloeasha

Digging up an old thread... did it turn out the B. coccinea 'alba' is the one you thought it would be? I ran across that blog pic as well lol! I loved it and started looking too. I see it for sale online there, but shipping looks pricey lol! I'd be glad to know if that is it though.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:02PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Hi Julianna,

I have never acquired/purchased this begonia. Maybe one of these days.

I think Judy confirmed to me by email that the one she ordered from Gardino's was the same as the one in the blog photos.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 10:30PM
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chloeasha

Hi Carol!

Well, that's good to know. I think I'll keep this on my list of potential begonias to have one day. Looks great.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:05AM
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