Rhizomatous Begonias have a thickened stem called the rhizome which develops on or just below the surface of the soil. Roots, leaf stalks and flowerheads all sprout directly from the rhizome. They make fine foliage plants. They are not hardy and are grown as flowering specimens for the home, conservatory or greenhouse. Some rhizomatous begonias (particularly Begonia Rex) are grown for their interesting foliage, varied in colour and pattern. The majority being shades of green, black, silver and brown. Many also have interesting ruffled edges. Some cultivars of rhizomatous begonias are good for growing in containers and hanging-baskets. ‘Darth Vader’ Begonia is endemic to Borneo, and is very rare.The leaves are near-black (hence its name) edged with lime green, and it bears bright red flowers. It requires very high humidity and needs to be watered very sparingly (do not let any water touch its leaves).

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It requires moist air.

Pests and Diseases:

It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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