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EDIS Update: A Beginner’s Guide to Begonias- Classification and Diversity

The begonia is the fifth largest genus of flowering plants and often used in hanging baskets, flowerpots and garden beds, in addition to landscapes. This EDIS publication breaks down the basics of begonias such as their classification and diversity.

Begonias in a raised bed. Note the various colors, textures, and leaf shapes. Photo credit: Matthew Creech, UF/IFAS

According to the American Begonia Society, there are three categories of begonias: fibrous-rooted, rhizomatous and tuberous. Each of these categories has subgroups and differ based upon leaf type, stems, colors, roots and shoots. Many hybrids of begonias are available so the classification of these plants can be difficult.

To learn more about begonias, check out the UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions website.

To download the full EDIS document, follow this link.

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