be·​go·​nia | \bi-ˈgō-nyə \

Definition of begonia 

: any of a large genus (Begonia of the family Begoniaceae, the begonia family) of tropical or subtropical herbs and shrubs that have asymmetrical leaves and are widely cultivated as ornamentals

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There’s even a begonia with an iron cross pattern on the leaves to match your tattoos, more accurately called Begonia masoniana. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 That's a bit of work, considering 80 percent or more of his garden is in containers, including bright rows of Torch and Frost begonias planted in pots hidden behind a trim boxwood hedge on each side of the front steps. Susan Langenhennig,, "Gretna garden designed to outsmart freezes wins first place in garden contest," 25 Jan. 2018 This method works particularly well with fleshy begonias like the Rexes. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Of The Easiest Houseplants To Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017 The Funky Pink begonia has the ability to be stand alone in a monoculture basket or container and look dazzling. Norman Winter, sacbee, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 6 July 2018 Some that are more tolerant of shade, however, include wax begonias, Dragon Wing begonias and flowering tobacco. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "At some point, mother of millions plant needs to start over," 1 June 2018 Many favorite garden flowers, such as impatiens and begonias, ornamental plants, such as elephant ears, and vegetables, such as peppers, beans, and tomatoes, come from tropical or semitropical places. Beth Botts,, "'Don’t be in a rush to plant everything': Chicago's volatile spring tricky for gardeners," 9 May 2018 Rhodendensons, azaleas, roses, annual plants, impatiens, geraniums, begonias in pots and hanging baskets will be for sale. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 8 May 2018 From the staghorn ferns hung in baskets to the begonia species fittingly named after gin, vodka and whiskey, plants are carefully chosen and nurtured by the employees of Churchill Downs' greenhouse. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Thousands of blooming flowers make Churchill Downs the world's 'most iconic race track'," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of begonia

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for begonia

New Latin, from Michel Bégon †1710 French governor of Santo Domingo

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English Language Learners Definition of begonia

: a tropical plant that has shiny leaves and bright flowers


be·​go·​nia | \bi-ˈgōn-yə \

Kids Definition of begonia

: a plant with a juicy stem, ornamental leaves, and bright waxy flowers

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