genus: Begonia L.
type: perennial shrubs, rhizomes, herbaceous perennials (see CULTURE)
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
soil type: loose, well-draining, 'breathing' potting mix
toxicity: toxic to pets, toxic in large quantities to humans