Family: Begoniaceae

Scientific Name: Begonia nelumbiifolia

Common Name: Lotus Leaved Begonia


Lotus Leaved Begonia (Begonia nelumbiifolia) A rhizomatous plant with Lotus-like leaves.  Can become large.

Pronunciation(be-GON-yuh) (nel-um-bee-FOH-lee-uh)
Plant TypeIndoor Foliage, Indoor Flowering Plants, Bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizoms, etc., Perennial Tender
Hardiness Zone(9)10
Sunlightshade, semi-shade
Moistureaverage, moist
Soil & Siteaverage, moist
Flowersinflorescence, bisexual, male and female flowers, white-pink
Leaveslarge, peltate, green, start hairy become hairless
Dimensions24 by 24 inches (HS)
Propagationdivision, rhizome cuttings, seeds
Native SiteMoist forests from central Mexico to Columbia. In some areas, it is so common the petioles of the leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
Cultivar OriginFirst brought into cultivation by Christian Julius Wilhelm Schiede, who collected it in Mexico. Schiede was a German physician and botanist who migrated to Mexico. 1798-1836)
Misc FactsSYN: Begonia caudilimba, Begonia derycxiana, Gireoudia nelumbiifolia AKA: Water Lily Begonia
Notes & Reference#117-Begonias (Mark Tebbitt)
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