• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Exotic Specimen Plant
    Blooms:
    Late spring to early fall; later to bloom in colder regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:be-GO-nee-uh hems-lee-AH-na
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Late spring to early fall; later to bloom in colder regions.
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design IdeasThis makes a really exotic specimen plant. Use for color and texture, tucked between ferns in a lightly shaded border or tree understory. It does very well in the sheltered humidity of a large terrarium or vivarium.
    Companion PlantsLigularia (Ligularia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Fern (Arachniodes); Anemone (Anemone); False Ginseng (Metapanax delavayi)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Best with some humidity; avoid extreme heat and harsh sun exposures. Water regularly, allowing soil to dry just slightly between watering. Move container plants indoors when temperatures reach 45 degrees to overwinter as a houseplant. In landscape plantings, potentially hardy to zone 7b with winter protection.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Begonia hemsleyana is a hardy, rhizomatous begonia species that is native to the mountains of China and northern Vietnam, found at elevations above 4,000 ft. This especially attractive form was collected by Dan Hinkley's fellow explorer Shayne Chandler, in the mountains of the Guangxi Province of southern China, where it was found growing in shaded woodland at an elevation of 5,000 ft.
    Lore:
    A rhizomatous begonia jointed at the soil surface, with upright stems. Begonia hemsleyana was first introduced into cultivation at the turn of the 20th century, having been discovered in the south Yunnan province of China. It received its namesake from British botanist William Hemsley.