Begonia rex putzys (species)


This is the species rex, not a hybrid.

From, (article by Paul Tsamtsis)

“Begonia rex Putz. came into cultivation as a stowaway plant that germinated on an orchid which was imported into England at the height of the Victorian plant collecting fever. It came from Assam, India which is in the Himalayan foothills. It was published in 1857 There is an entire group of hybrid begonias that the world knows as Rex Cultorum meaning that they can all trace their parentage back to this single plant. In fact, it was one of the plants used in the first wave of begonia hybridization in the nineteenth century. Despite this fact that B. rex gave its name to an entire class of begonias, the Thompsons, in their BEGONIAS: A Complete Reference Guide classifies B. rex itself as rhizomatous, with distinctive foliage, unusual surface and/or unusual coloring, large-leaved.”

Available plants are well rooted in 2″ pots and will be shipped potted.  They have at least three leaves and are 6-10″ tall.

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