Escargot begonias (Begonia rex) are a variety of rex begonia that produces spiral-shaped foliage that curls around at the base of the leaf. It takes its name from the snail-like curl pattern at the base of the leaf.They’re typically grown for their showy foliage, not their flowers. Escargot begonias prefer partial sunlight, moist but well-drained soil and plenty of fertilizer. They require little maintenance and pruning isn’t necessary. Escargot begonias grow best in areas with high humidity, but excessive watering can cause fungal diseases or rot. They grow as annuals and are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11.
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Escargot Begonia’s attractive twisted heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with showy silver variegation and tinges of brown throughout the year. It features dainty clusters of shell pink orchid-like flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to mid fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. Escargot Begonia is an herbaceous evergreen annual bedding plant with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance annual bedding plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats.
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