Begonia taliensis is near impossbile to find for sale. It is a compact woodland species from western Yunnan province mountains of China. It is said to grow from 4000-7000' elevation and thus, with careful siting, it should be fairly hardy for zones 7 or 8 or so. For everyone else, like myself, we can grow it as a beautiful and elegant container plant.
The strain of this plant (Originally from the Sichuan, Kang Ding of China) bears variably but dramatically patterned foliage - green with marbling of dark green-black and silver! The silver patches are iridescent and vary from invisible to visible - depending upon angle of light! Very cool.
NOTE: This is a species which is tuberous, they will expect a cool dormant rest (dormant = leafless) as winter approaches - and will probably want to not be too wet in the winter months. As I do for B. henryi, I refrigerate (to 48-50F) my dried-off tubers when they go dormant.
Husky young plants in 2 1/2" pots.
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