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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." (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 Carol Knight Begonia 'Carol Knight'
Code: 90508
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Leaves are lobed with lazy double spirals and a lightly hairy surface. As with all rhizomatous, the coloration can be variable with the light conditions. Begonia 'Carol Knight' may vary from its tawny brown color, especially in good light where its new leaves are red that gradually fade to an unusual aqua marine green. In all its color changes it maintains its most prominent features which are its prominent red veins, glowing center, and a waxy layer to mature leaves. The waxy layer makes taking photos that do it justice much harder. Leaves are also sparsely hairy with a serrated hairy edge. Hot pink flowers in spring. Very full growing, vigorous and easy to grow. Visitors who see it in person always are drawn to it. Very novel and a great begonia to collect. (Thompson)

 
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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 Curly Cleo Begonia 'Curly Cleo'
Code: 90493
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Medium to large pale green leaves with dark markings and a pronounced double spiral. Leaves are on very stiff upright hairy petioles. Leaf is double spiraled, deeply cleft, hairy with reddish brown to black markings and a serrated hairy, stitch marked edge. Easy to grow, full and showy. Pink flowers in spring. Our plants stay relatively small and compact but under the right conditions could be a very large spectacular specimen. (Kartuz)

 
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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 Begonia 'Erythrophylla'
Code: 90361
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(Beefsteak Begonia, Kidney Begonia)

Old-fashioned cultivar with dark green, glossy, round, peltate leaves, red underside. This German cross of Begonia hydrocotylifolia and Begonia manicata was made in 1845, making it one of the earliest hybrids in cultivation. It has been passed down by families for generations, which is the reason it has stayed around for such a long time. Easy.

 
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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 Firefade Begonia 'Firefade'
Code: 90496
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Medium leaved rhizomatous begonia. Roughly star shaped leaves, lobed with hairy serrated edge. Leaves are dark red to a tawny brown with a fine green edge and darker markings along edge. New leaves have a red eye and radiating red veins that fade to white eyes with light red veins, hence the fading fire. Edges almost seem to glow because of the way the light hits the narrow green edge. Easy to grow, full growing, and spectacular in all its colorations. A bonus of light pink flowers in spring. A new must have. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Funhouse Begonia 'Funhouse'
Code: 69267
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Medium growing rhizomatous. Medium sized lightly lobed spiraled fuzzy bright light green leaves. Easy to grow, makes a full mounded plant. Dark pink flowers in spring. Plain green buttery showy and full. Makes a great specimen plant. Part 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 Hyroglyphics Begonia 'Hyroglyphics'
Code: 69275
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(Yes, that isn't the normal spelling.) Double spiraled slightly cupped medium sized green leaves with a lobed edge. Leaves have a black edge and random black patterns. Very full and compact growing. Easy to grow. Flowers are light pink in late winter and spring. One of the Egyptian series. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia In Stitches Begonia 'In Stitches'
Code: 69276
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Low to medium growing rhizomatous. Leaves are medium sized with medium green star-shaped leaves with black stitching and hairs along the margin. Leaves are on long hairy petioles. Pink flowers in spring. Easy to grow, part of the Comedy series and the only one of the series with this coloring. (Thompson)

 
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Begonia Indian Summer Begonia 'Indian Summer'
Code: 90498
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Medium leaved rhizomatous. It's very hard to get a perfect image since the velvety sheen to the leaf is hard to capture. Roughly a rounded star shaped leaf, lobed and slightly cupped with a glowing hairy serrated edge. The leaves can go through color changes during the year from reddish brown to orange/red with faint darker markings but always with a central glowing eye and glowing red central veins. In Autumn B. 'Indian Summer' is nearly always the color in the picture and no matter what shade it always has that velvety sheen. The leaves do practically glow. It has the added bonus of profuse medium pink flowers in spring. Compact and easy to grow. A must have. (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 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 Tut Begonia 'King Tut'
Code: 69282
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Low growing rhizomatous. Has medium sized medium green lobed leaves with black markings and edge that have weak or no spirals. Has pink flowers, can be profuse. Compact and full growing. One of the Egyptian series. (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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Begonia Little Symphony Begonia 'Little Symphony'
Code: 90578
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NEW! - The small to medium-sized leaves are of a dark orange to reddish brown tone with slightly recurved edges. It's a vigorous small grower with clusters of white flowers in spring. Very unusual color, combined with its compact size, makes it a must-have for the collector. (Kartuz)

 
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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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