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Begonia fusca

Begonia fusca is a rare species from southern Mexico with fuzzy leaves that get very big.  In fact, at over 2 feet across, its leaves are one of the largest of all Begonia species!  This oversized Begonia grows 4 to 6 feet tall, and sends up a beautiful flower stalk that's 6 feet tall!  This is a striking specimen for rare plant collectors or Begonia fans.  Fresh seeds are almost never seen for sale.

Begonia fusca

Begonia fusca has upright-growing leaf stems, somewhat resembling a Gunnera plant.  The leaves are basically oval in shape, and have a great felty texture due to small hairs across the surface.  The younger leaves are especially fuzzy.  The plant flowers during the shorter days of autumn and winter, although it may bloom at other times, especially when grown indoors.  Its thick flower stalk rises above the foliage and is topped with delightful blooms, as you can see below.  This is a true species, not a hybrid.  It has good breeding potential with other Begonias, and might make some interesting new hybrids!

Begonia fusca

Begonia fusca comes from mid-elevations in Mexico, where the climate is mild all year.  It has handled temperatures in the mid-80s (30 degrees C), but it should be considered experimental in warmer conditions, particularly if nights are warm.  It reportedly can re-sprout from the roots in Zone 9, but i recommend protecting it from freezing temperatures.  It is easy to grow in a pot indoors.  It enjoys a loose, well-draining soil that is kept moist (but not soggy).  A typical soil mix is 1 part potting soil to 1 part perlite or fine orchid bark.  It likes filtered sun or bright shade + morning sun.  Protect it from strong afternoon sun.  Over about 40-50% humidity is recommended.

Begonia fusca

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