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Identify two begonias?

Posted by Mike_Tierney Missouri (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 17, 11 at 12:25

I have two begonias that I would like to identify. I have placed several photos of each in a Snapfish album. Here is the link.

One kind of reminds me of lettuce and the other is a stunning old cane variety.

The lettuce leaf one (LL) was being sold about five years ago in hanging baskets at the Missouri Botanical Garden gift shop in Saint Louis. LL is very compact, shrubby and generally upright to about 10 inches but it will cascade when the stems get long enough. The leaves obscure the stems which are somewhat woody. The leaves are about 1.5 inches long with a coccinea green color, faint white spots, and develop a pink blush in bright light. The flowers are pink.

The stunning one (SO) I got from a fellow begonia fancier here in Saint Louis who had it from her grandmother. It looks like a 'classic' cane begonia that would make a beautiful botanic illustration. The leaves are very elongated, deep glossy green with large spots and the reverse is a deep rich garnet color. The leaves curl up easily if the soil gets dry. It has not bloomed for me yet.

I will appreciate any help I can get on this. Thanks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mike's Begonias

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Identify two begonias?

Michael, can you change the settings on Snapfish so that it does not require registration in order to view the photos?

Alternatively, you could upload them to Photobucket and then post them here in the forum.


RE: Identify two begonias?

I set Snapfish to 'Public' but maybe that's not enough. Here is a link to my begonia pictures in Photobucket. They are too big and too many to try to include directly.

Why did I not get an email when you responded? Thanks for looking.

Here is a link that might be useful: Begonias

RE: Identify two begonias?

This is the lettuce leaf one:



This the stunning old cane:



RE: Identify two begonias?

Ooooh the darker green one is really cool looking. Has it bloomed yet?

RE: Identify two begonias?

It has not bloomed so far but I have not yet had it for a year. If you can suggest a better place to post my request, I will welcome your suggestions.

Thanks, Mike

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