Variegated Wax Begonia?

caleb_flutist1(Central Oklahom)May 17, 2005

I think that somehow one of my now tiny wax begonia has either mutated or is the product of a cross-pollination of some kind. It has deeply variegated leaves. Pure white stripes go all the way from the apex of the leaves to the very edged. I believed it has red flowers although it is still small and hasn't flowered yet so I don't know. I didn't produce this myself, I bought it at a friends greenhouse sale. Can you tell me if there is a wax begonia with this kind of variegation? If not, who would i tell to get it propagated and on the market? How much could it be worth?

Thank you for your help,


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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

hi caleb,

there is a semperflorens begonia called 'Charm.' i linked a past post for you. HTH,


Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 7:53PM
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caleb_flutist1(Central Oklahom)

sorry that's not it!

it's not dotted like that, it's not even that species (variety?) It has solid lines of variegation from the apex to the tips. I have in fact seen that very picture before while searching the forums for something about begonia variegation. Thank you very much for responding so quickly! I hope I find out what it is. It would be awesome if it were a new mutation!

Thanks again


    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 9:36PM
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Can you post a picture of this mystery begonia?

Ming is right about the variegated wax begonia - it is 'Charm'.

It sounds like you either don't have a wax begonia (semperflorens) or have some new wax begonia not released to the general public. It'd be interesting to see this.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2005 at 8:18AM
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caleb_flutist1(Central Oklahom)

I will try to get a picture up before the end of the day. Butch, I am 99.9% positive it is of the Semperflorens. It is small now and it may very well be the 'Charm' that you have showed me but why would it be sold in a flat of plain old wax begonias? They look exactly the same except for the variegation. Will the flowers be different on a 'Charm'. I tthink it is a new variety but I don't know so that's why I am here.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2005 at 9:42AM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

I think I have seen other variegated semps besides 'Charm' advertised, but not widely. Yours sounds really pretty! Seems to me I even saw ads for different colors of 'Charm', but the variegation you describe would appeal more to me personally. I've grown 'Charm', and it's nice enough, but it always looks a little like it's got a virus or been splattered with weed-killer or something to me. I definitely like some variegated plants, but others aren't to my taste--and isn't it great we don't all want to grow just the same things!?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2005 at 10:26PM
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A few years ago variegated-leaf Begonia semperflorens were sold as seed here in the ordinary catalogues; I haven't seen them in a long time though I've certainly looked for them; perhaps not enough people bought them or maybe they didn't thrive; anyway, yours sounds pretty unusual and worth holding on to; if you propagate it yourself and see how sturdy it is, you could then find out if any specialist nurseries might be interested. Sometimes variegation means a weaker plant, so it would be worth growing it on as a trial yourself first, I think. The very best of luck with it!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2005 at 4:45AM
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caleb_flutist1(Central Oklahom)

I have noticed it is weaker in resisting the terrible sun and heat we have been exposed to lately. By that I mean that it's leaves are more burnt than the others, but at least it's not dead! My camera hasn't been working but I'll try to get a picture up.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2005 at 12:04PM
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seaecho1(SW CA)

It sounds just lovely. Yes, please post a pic.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2005 at 4:03PM
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