The Shoestring Gardener
Everything you need to get started
Home / Types of Begonias

Types of Begonias

Begonias are categorized according to their root type, fibrous, rhizomatous or tuberous.

Within these three types, they are further divided into sub-groups according to their leaf shape, size, and color, and by the type of bloom and growing requirements.

  • Canes:
    Cane begonias have been popular plants for many years and were probably grown by your Grandmother who called them “Angel Wing” begonias.
  • Shrubs:
    Shrubs are also very variable and can range in size from miniatures to giants 12 feet tall.
  • Rhizomatous:
    The rhizomatous types are grown mostly for their interesting leaves and compact growth
  • Semperflorens:
    This type of begonia is probably the most widely grown begonia and is also known as “wax type” because of the waxy look to the leaves.
  • Tuberous:
    The tuberous type of begonia is also very popular around the world as a bedding plant and also as a greenhouse plant.
  • Rex Cultorum:
    Rex begonias are the showboats of the begonia world and are a type of rhizomatous begonia …
  • Trailing/Scandent:
    The trailing type of begonias are grown mostly for their trailing habit but put on a spectacular show of flowers
  • Thick-stemmed:
    The thick-stemmed types are not as widely grown but come in various forms.