genus: Begonia L.

common name/s: elephant's ear 

type: perennial shrubs, rhizomes, herbaceous perennials (see CULTURE)

family: Begoniaceae

native range: in South and Central America, Africa, and southern Asia

zone: 10 to 12

height: 20 to 120 cm

spread: 20 to 80cm

type species: Begonia obliqua L.

bloom time: flowers freely

bloom description: varies among species

sun: part sun to  shade

water: medium to wet

maintenance: medium

soil type: loose, well-draining, 'breathing' potting mix

toxicity: toxic to pets, toxic in large quantities to humans