Flowers of Begonia Plant - Begoniaceae.

What You Need to Know About the Begonia Plants – Begoniaceae

The begonia genus is a huge one, cov­ering climbers, shrubs, and herba­ceous plants, which range in size from tiny, ground covering creepers to woody giants of up to 6 ½ ft. (2 m) tall. Their root systems (by which they are usually categorized) can be fibrous, tuberous, or rhizomatous, and some also have aerial roots, which can vary from woody to succulent.

Other char­acteristics are common to all the plants throughout the genus. For example, the leaves might vary con­siderably in color, pattern, and tex­ture, but all are produced alternately from stipules (sheaths that surround the new leaves), and are asymmetric in appearance.

The waxy flowers are carried in clusters of a single sex, although both sexes are borne on the same plant. The female flowers are less showy than the male, and have a characteristic 3-winged ovary behind the petals. Begonias are from the trop­ics and subtropics, especially the Americas, and make good indoor plants, either in the house or a conser­vatory, especially as many do not require direct sunlight.