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The largest group of begonias are the rhizomatous, possibly over 700 species, mostly from Central and South America. Most of the rhizomatous begonias from Asia and Africa are classified as distinctive foliage varieties.



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Begonia Bad Kitty Begonia 'Bad Kitty'
Code: 90599
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NEW! - As quoted from the breeder, Brad Thompson: "Begonia 'Bad Kitty' gets her name from the fact that initially her coloring reminded me of a tabby cat, but then as the year progresses the leaves get much redder with bright glowing eyes. Besides that, she's a little bit unruly. Someone asked me why I would name a begonia that grew so wild? I said it would be a little boring if we only named and grew the begonias that made small round perfect show plants. Most of the year 'Bad Kitty' is in its red form and the rhizomes are large and growing a little crazy. The leaves are star shaped, medium-sized, and hairy. They also grow on long petioles that are covered with white contrasting hair. She is also a very profuse bloomer in the spring with flowers on long stalks. 'Bad Kitty' just does what she wants. She makes an interesting hanging basket and you can't complain about how easy she is to grow or the intense red color. Everyone needs a begonia that's a little wild and a challenge. 'Bad Kitty' lives up to her name, as she is a cat after all." New introduction for 2017. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Brad Thompson Begonia 'Brad Thompson'
Code: 90608
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NEW! - This is a medium to large leaved rhizomatous begonia. Leaves are roughly star shaped with prominent eyes and veins with sparse long white hairs. New leaves usually start out red, then to tawny orange, then various shades of brown with darker brown markings. When fully mature they become dark green. The fabulous stages of coloring don't seem to change with growing conditions. It stays full and compact and is easy to grow. Brad is very satisfied with his choice to name after himself and if you are lucky enough to get one before they sell out you will be too. If you grow begonias, you need to have this one. If you don't, make this one your first. New introduction for 2017. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Bunny Hug Begonia 'Bunny Hug'
Code: 90062
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Medium sized silver, textured, sparsely hairy leaves with a slight pink hue. White flowers on long petioles in spring. Very full growing and much easier to grow than many of the silver rhizomatous. Quickly makes a great specimen plant. First time offered for sale. (Worley)

 
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Begonia Burnt Sienna Begonia 'Burnt Sienna'
Code: 90510
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Leaves are star shaped with a serrated hairy edge and though the color varies with light conditions it is basically a beautiful burnt sienna color. It also has a prominent eye in the center with radiating red veins. Compact, full growing, and very showy. Added bonus of unusual dark hot pink flowers in spring that are very eye catching. A great plant for the begonia collector. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Careless Whisper Begonia 'Careless Whisper'
Code: 20346
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Large wavy double spiraled olive-green leaves, red stems, white flowers. Best new introduction (2000 American Begonia Society Convention). (Sytch)

 
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Begonia Chameleons Way Begonia 'Chameleon's Way'
Code: 90582
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NEW! - This medium-sized full growing plant easily makes a perfectly shaped specimen. As the name implies the leaves change color with growing conditions, usually the changing light of the seasons. The star shaped leaves can range from green with brown markings to orange, red, bronze and all shades in between. A flurry of pink flowers in spring. Lovely multi-use plant for a large pot or hanging basket. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Checkered Past Begonia 'Checkered Past'
Code: 90513
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Roughly round shaped leaves held upright on sturdy hairy petioles. Leaf is green with brown to black checkered markings and sparse hairs, the amount of checking depends on the amount of light, good light means more checks. Leaf has a lazy spiral with irregular lobes and serrated sparsely hairy edge. Very striking coloration, the spiral, size and shape distinguish it from other checked begonias including its parent Begonia 'Deco Checks' which also inspired its name. Spring flowers are interesting with the ovaries being green with dark pink petals. Showy, sturdy, easy to grow and a great addition for the begonia collector. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Chuckles Begonia 'Chuckles'
Code: 69260
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Low to medium growing rhizomatous. Leaves are medium sized, dark velvety brown, round lightly lobed, undulated. Very full growing, stays compact. Pink flowers in spring. Easy to grow. Part of the Comedy series. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Clown Around Begonia 'Clown Around'
Code: 69261
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Low to medium growing rhizomatous. Large rounded green leaves with variable reddish dots. Hard to find coloring outside others of this series. Leaves don't really spiral but overlap. Flowers bright light pink. Full and easy growing. Part of the Comedy series. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Comic Strip Begonia 'Comic Strip'
Code: 90278
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Little known member of the Comedy series and one of the last ones named. Has medium rounded lobed hairy leaves that are bright green double spiral with chocolate chip markings. Large clusters of light pink flowers in spring. Although will eventually get large, it stays very full. First time offered for sale online. A must have for fans of the Comedy Series and for anyone that wants an easy to grow rhizomatous with the chocolate chip markings. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Cupids Curl Begonia 'Cupid's Curl'
Code: 90518
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'Cupid's Curl' lives up to its name; leaves corkscrew, spiral, twist and fold. Leaf is roughly heart shaped with shallow scalloped edges and shallow serrations with lazy double spirals. The crisp leaves twist so much that the spirals are very pronounced. Coloration is bright green to golden yellow with dark markings along its veins and edges, which are mirrored on the reverse in red. The backs of the leaves show almost as much interest as the fronts because of the folding and uprightness of the leaves. Compact growing and easy. Pink flowers in spring, but it doesn't need them.

 
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Begonia Deco Checks Begonia 'Deco Checks'
Code: 90109
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Medium sized dark green leaves with dark black checkering and white center eye. Markings are consistent regardless of light conditions, so won't fade out or change with seasons as do some with similar markings. Leaves are deeply lobed but not quite star-shaped, more rounded. Profuse light pink flowers in spring. Markings are very unusual and distinct. First time offered for sale. Limited supply. (Anderson)

 
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Begonia Earthtones Begonia 'Earthtones'
Code: 90476
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Small to medium growing rhizomatous. Leaves are medium sized, rounded, slightly lobed, on long straight stiff petioles. Gets its name from the leaf colors which change with the seasons or light conditions and can be any shade from aqua marine to raw umber or even ochre with dark veining and spots. Full growing and compact. Dark hot pink flowers in spring. Easy to grow. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Erythrophylla Helix Begonia 'Erythrophylla Helix'
Code: 90454
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This is a sport of Begonia 'Erythrophylla'. Everything is exactly the same as with the old-fashioned cultivar except 'Helix' has pronounced double spiraled leaves. As with its parent, its leaves are dark green and glossy with a red underside.

 
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Begonia Euphrates Begonia 'Euphrates'
Code: 69117
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Large smooth spiraled leaves bordered black, compact habit. Pink flowers. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Giggles Begonia 'Giggles'
Code: 69270
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Low growing rhizomatous. Medium sized spiral deeply lobed green leaves with a crinkled hairy edge. Flowers pink. Very compact and tight growing, hard to tell one leaf from the next. Very cute, makes a nice small potted plant easily. One of the Comedy series. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Halloween Treat Begonia 'Halloween Treat'
Code: 90497
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Was formally named 'Halloween' but we found there was already a B. 'Halloween' so it was changed. If you already have our plant named B. 'Halloween', please change it to 'Halloween Treat'. This is a small to medium leaved rhizomatous begonia. Leaves are lobed roughly star shaped, serrated and lobed with sparse hair on surface and edges. Under our light conditions (bright filtered light), B. 'Halloween Treat' spends most of the year in various shades of pumpkin from dark orange to tawny brown with some darker markings and a prominent central 'eye'. Near Halloween the leaves turn completely black with red glowing 'eyes' and veins. That's pretty much where its name originated. It stays small and compact but is easy to grow and full growing. Very odd shade of profuse hot pink flowers in spring. A great plant to aquire. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Jealous Zebra Begonia 'Jealous Zebra'
Code: 90499
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Medium sized bright green star leaves with reddish brown to black stripes and a serrated hairy edging. Leaves are on sturdy, upright hairy petioles. Very profuse bloomer in spring. Flowers are light pink with speckles. Very fast and easy growing and always showy in or out of bloom. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Jim Jaeger Begonia 'Jim Jaeger'
Code: 90603
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NEW! - This recently released begonia has roughly star-shaped medium-sized leaves that are multicolored, although muted in tone. The green leaves are dominated by dark brown markings, either solid or patterned, which cover nearly all the spaces between the leaf veins . Each leaf generally has a silvery streak along the end of each main vein that has a strong lavender tint. While the coloring is understated, it is striking and distinctive. The leaves are sparsely covered with hairs. There aren't many begonias with lavender streaks that are easy to grow, faultless, and that make a perfectly shaped full plant. The coloring changes very little with growing condition or the seasons. New introduction for 2017. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Just Dandy Begonia 'Just Dandy'
Code: 90477
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Medium to large growing. Medium sized leaves live up to its name and vary in shades of reds, oranges and browns with dark brown markings and a pronounced double spiral center. Easy and full growing, medium bright pink flowers in spring on long stems. First time offered. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia King Me Begonia 'King Me'
Code: 90619
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NEW! - Medium leaved rhizomatous begonia. Bright green leaves with so many nearly red checks that some leaves have almost no green at all. Leaves are a distorted star shape with rounded tips and a sparsely hairy surface and edge with a prominent white eye. Leaves are on short petioles, so it stays very full and compact. The name refers to the checkers game, since it has so many checks that the name just seems to fit. Medium pink flowers with speckles and a lighter pink edge blooming in spring. Very easy to grow and vigorous, a good companion for its sibling Begonia 'Vista Checks'. New introduction for 2017. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Kingsbury Begonia 'Kingsbury'
Code: 69332
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Medium to large sized angular-shaped leaves with red hairs on margin. Leaves are a pale gray-green color and have a hairy red collar around the leaf stalk where leaf connects. Pink flowers in spring. Takes a little work to get a shapely plant but worth the effort. Rhizome grows upright. Old hybrid, but rarely offered. Similar to Begonia 'Colonel Gale'.

 
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Begonia Laughter Begonia 'Laughter'
Code: 90066
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Medium sized lobed bright green leaves with large chocolate chip markings. Stays very compact with the leaves on short petioles. Profuse bright light pink flowers in spring. Very showy and easy to grow. First time offered for sale online. Part of the Comedy series. (Thompson)

 
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Brad Thompson has grouped some of his rhyzomatous hybrids into the following series according to their parentage, appearance, and name relevance: Comedy Series, Egyptian Series

See this link to Brad's website The Names Page for detailed explanation on his naming criteria.



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