(bee-GO-nee-uh x sem-pur-FLOR-enz)
Common names are Wax Begonia, Fibrous Begonia
Wax Begonia is the common name of the plant that is known scientifically as Begonia semperflorens. The “semperflorens” part of the name means, ever-flowering. The plant blooms pretty much throughout the entire season from spring through fall. When there is no frost, it can be grown outdoors as a perennial.
The open blooms of the Wax Begonia are only just over 1/2 inch across but display tiny yellow stamens against the backdrop of the dark red blooms. Very delicate and very pretty. Ours begonias produce large groups of single blooms. However, some breeders have produced double blooms which are VERY pretty (Proven Winners).
We also have some “Dragon Wing Begonias” (previously featured) and some “Angel Wing Begonias” but I have not featured them yet.
Begonias are divided into divisions according to their form. The “About” website has an article by Jon VanZile, Introduction to Growing Begonias, that is very helpful in understanding the different forms of begonias. The article on Wax Begonias includes growing tips and guides.
For more information about the Wax Begonia, visit the Texas Tech University website.
NOTE: If the roots or rhizomes are ingested, they can be toxic to humans. But, these are so very pretty, one would have to be very hungry to dig them up and eat the roots!