Begonia 'Escargot'

Begonia 'Escargot'

Photo/Illustration: 
Daryl Beyers
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(Begonia 'Escargot')
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Genus:  Begonia
'Escargot' takes its name from the snail-like curl pattern at the base of the leaf. The foliage is striking enough to stand on its own but it's a good mixer, too. Use it with other foliage plants and brightly colored blooms. This is an extremely popular Rex hybrid begonia. -Rita Randolph, Rex begonias, Fine Gardening issue #120
Care:  Provide organic, sharp-draining soil in shade with lots of humidity. Water when soil is dry to the touch. Avoid soggy conditions, but do not allow plants to wilt. Do not over-fertilize. Remove dead leaves promptly and keep the soil surface free of debris to avoid disease problems.
Propagation:  Leaf cuttings may take up to six months to produce new plants. Stem cuttings typically root in about three weeks in favorable conditions.
Problems:  Mildew, Botrytis, mealybugs.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage,
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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