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Semperflorens Begonias

Semperflorens typeThis type of begonia is probably the most widely grown begonia and in some parts of the country is called "wax type" because of the waxy look to the leaves. 

These begonias are grown mostly as bedding plants and annuals but are really a perennial shrub type of begonia in areas that don't freeze. All have shiny leaves and are ever-blooming, with flowers of every shade of red, pink and white. 

The leaves come mostly two colors, green and bronze, but there are variegated types such as B. Charm' and calla types with new leaves that come out white. 

The flowers come in single and double types. Some of the species semperflorens have felted white or brown leaves.

Right:  Semperflorens-type begonia. Photo taken in Kingsley Langenberg's yard.

Articles About Semperflorens Begonias

Title Author Issue
An Old Begonia Gets a New Name Rekha Morris  January/February 2005
Semperflorens begonias: most are sturdy, easy   July 1980

Images of Semperflorens Begonias

Begonia Parents / Place of Origin Hybridizer Photographer/Artist
B. 'Barbara Rogers' Rekha Morris
B. 'Barbara Rogers' Rekha Morris
B. 'Charm' seedling of Nancy Etticoat ( Calla Lily ) Logee's - 194x Julie Vanderwilt
Bi-color semperflorens-type Julie Vanderwilt
B. 'cucullata var. spatulata' Kingsley Langenberg
B. 'cucullata var. spatulata' Kingsley Langenberg
B. 'descoleana' Kingsley Langenberg
B. 'descoleana' Kingsley Langenberg
B. 'Kallaking' Calla Queen x semp
B. 'Mini Wings' schmidtiana hybrid x U014 Julie Vanderwilt
B. subvillosa Julie Vanderwilt
B. 'Viva' George Ball Co.

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