Begonia is a genus that counts approximately 1400 species around the globe. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and South Africa.
Spotted begonia is a cane-like begonia which are one of the most popular classes and are especially suitable for houseplant culture. They usually have an upright growth habit with segmented stems that resemble bamboo.
It has heart-shaped olive green leaves freckled with silvery-white spots on its upper surface and a red-Bordeaux reverse. This creates a colorful effect, which is accentuated further by small pink or white flowers, which may appear from March to October.
Even though it is a native plant from Brazil, is has been reported that this begonia is used for its medicinal property in Yunnan – China. Known as Haitang (海棠), a decoction of the whole plant is prepared and mostly applied on traumatic injuries.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BEGONIA
Bright spot away from direct sunlight.
Water regularly during summer allowing the soil to dry out a little in between. Keep dryer in winter.
Keep at temperature in between 21°C and 25°C