NOTE: 'Dark Shadows' was a selection chosen from among a prior year's batch of seed-grown plants; It was from a handful I selected as "keepers", all of which sported the very best color patterns/markings.
These are seedlings of that selected plant crossed with one of its dark siblings - hence its an F2 generation. All have been deeply colored - very similar to 'Dark Shadows' itself.
A well grown Begonia xanthina is a stunning plant. However, It is also a variable species whose medium-large foliage can range from green, to green or reddish-green with lighter spots, and even an all-purple-ish leaf form (var. lazuli ?). The mature foliage is always heavy veined and textured. The rhizomatous species bears showy, late season, yellow flowers on medium-tall stems.This species appears rather cold tolerant as long as not overwatered - it does well for me through our typically long winters in the greenhouse, which drops to 52- 55F nearly every night. Despite its tolerance, they seem to "grow" most vigorously for me when it gets warm and humid. A little limestone component in the mix is also helpful.These are plants, currently in 3+" pots.
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