Begonia aff. versicolor ‘Red and Black’

$50

This plant has been sold in Asia under the name ‘versicolor red and black’, however I have not seen any evidence of flowers to confirm this.  It is a newer species to cultivation, whatever it is.  It does resemble versicolor in the compact growth habit, but it grows its rhizome in more of a trailing way than other versicolor forms.  The leaves maintain their beautiful color, getting darker with maturity.  The new growth is a bright reddish pink, as are the stems.  The entire plant, leaves, abaxial leaf sides, and stems, is covered in an abundance of small hairs.  While not a difficult species thus far, it does not readily take to leaf propagation like many other rhizomatous species.  It has not flowered for me yet.

Available plants are rooted and growing in 2.5 inch pots.  They have at least three leaves and will be shipped bare root.

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