be·​go·​nia | \ bi-ˈgō-nyə How to pronounce begonia (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web However, many other plants, including edible microgreens such as chia or flax, and plants that naturally tend to grow near a water source such as orchids, ferns, and begonias, will all thrive in a terraplanter. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "This New Inside-Out Planter Makes It Impossible to Overwater Your Houseplants," 27 May 2020 At Bigelow Nurseries in Northborough, Mass., workers stayed hours after closing on Friday, pulling in annuals like begonias and petunias. Maria Cramer, New York Times, "‘Nerve-Racking and Very Unusual’: Snow in May Worries Growers," 9 May 2020 Plant penta, wax leaf begonias, coleus or caladium in the shade. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Wildlife activity picking up in San Antonio gardens, from purple martins, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees," 30 Apr. 2020 Wait until the last frost of the season to plant annuals and tender perennials (begonias and calla lillies, to name a few). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist to Make Your Patio and Lawn Summer-Ready," 29 Jan. 2020 Regular, fibrous begonias and coleus can be dug up and potted into individual containers and brought inside. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Gladioli, dahlias, begonias: It’s time to consider packing them up for winter," 19 Sep. 2019 Instead, plant shade-tolerant annuals such as begonias and impatiens in containers and set the containers among the ground cover plants. Beth Botts,, "Ditch the grass — here are some better ground covering options for those shady spots under trees," 28 Aug. 2019 At the top of the colorful displays were the begonias, rudbeckia, impatiens and coleus. Tom Maccubbin,, "Northern flowers lingered but edible gardens declined," 20 Oct. 2019 Tuberous begonias do best if just left in their containers in storage. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Gladioli, dahlias, begonias: It’s time to consider packing them up for winter," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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“Begonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of begonia

: a tropical plant that has shiny leaves and bright flowers


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Kids Definition of begonia

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

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