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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Instead plant shade-tolerant perennial geranium, lady’s mantle, hellebore, bleeding heart, coral bell, hydrangea, begonia, annual lobelia, astilbe, and Japanese anemone. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 Gardening datebook: conventions about cactus, fruit trees and bewitching begonias. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Automakers’ detour around Trump," 26 July 2019 Use begonias, coleus, or caladium for color in the shade. Calvin Finch,, "How to control weeds in your summer lawn and garden," 28 June 2019 All of this rain also promotes fungus disease on begonias, impatiens and other plants, causing them to rot or develop fuzzy leaves. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 June 15 South Bay Begonia Society Annual Sale offers a variety of begonias as well as flowering shrubs, perennials, exotic plants, pots and garden art, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dana Middle School Auditorium, 5504 W. 135th St., Hawthorne. Jeanette Marantos, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gardening events: Begonias, orchids and tours of water-wise yards at historic homes.," 4 May 2019 In a month or two, new begonias will sprout from the cut leaves and be ready for transplanting. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 of the Easiest Houseplants to Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017 This is a fun begonia to grow and will reward you with gorgeous flowers, good performance and regular hummingbird visits. Norman Winter, sacbee, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 6 July 2018 Begonia Silvery and spotted, bright green or pink stemmed, begonias are just so dang diverse. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 of the Easiest Houseplants to Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017

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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 How to pronounce begonia (audio) \

Kids Definition of begonia

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

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