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Begonia sutherlandii

Archive entry 09.08.09

18th May 2005

Begonia sutherlandii is a wonderful orange flowered tuberous species from southern Africa. I sometimes overlook it, because I have been growing it for a great many years, but it is reliable and easily overwintered if the tubers are kept dry. Produces tiny tubers in the leaf axils during autumn, so easily propagated.

Doesn't seem to vary very much in colour, at least in cultivation. Years ago I tried to cross it with Begonia grandis ssp grandis, but didn't get any viable seed. I should probably try it again!

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