Rex Begonia Plant Features
Rex begonia offers colorful foliage and is one of the most interesting indoor plants around. Despite its exotic looks, Rex begonia is actually easy to grow. Because it's a relatively short houseplant, Rex begonia is perfect for desks and tabletops where is wildly colorful, variegated foliage makes it a perfect contrast against other houseplants.
Dress up your Rex begonia by growing it in a container that complements colors in the foliage. Depending on the variety, that may mean purple, pink, red, silver, or black.
Rex begonias are perfect plants for terrariums. Get terrarium ideas from our experts!
Learn more about Rex and other types of begonias. See our Guide to Begonias.
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Rex Begonia Growing Instructions
Grow Rex begonia in a medium to bright spot as a houseplant. In Southern regions, it may benefit from a protection from direct sun during the heat of the day, but in Northern regions, some sun on the leaves presents no problem.
Water Rex begonias when the potting mix just dries. It's better to keep them a little too dry than too wet; they can rot if the soil doesn't dry out well enough.
Rex begonias don't require quite as much humidity as many other exotic houseplants, but if your home has dry air, boost humidity in the winter months to keep the leaf tips from turning brown and dry.
Rex Begonias aren't heavy feeders, so you can fertilize them as little as once or twice a year. But if you want faster growth, fertilize them more frequently with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer (following the directions on the packaging).
Rex begonias are not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: Medium light
Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Variegated, White
Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Complement your Rex Begonia with these varieties:
Red aglaonema's colorful leaves are a fun complement to Rex begonia.
Nerve plant shows off fun, variegated foliage, too -- making it a fun companion for exotic Rex begonia.
Zebra plant has bold foliage that accents Rex begonia.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Begonia 'Angel Wing'
Angel Wing begonia is an upright-growing variety that has wing-shaped leaves spotted in silver and red flowers. It can grow 2 feet tall.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Ballet'
Ballet Rex begonia features fabulous silvery-green leaves edged in mid-green. Reddish stems accent the plant. It grows about 8 inches tall and wide.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Chocolate Man'
Chocolate Man is an intriguing variety that offers a mix of silvery, brown, and bronze leaves.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Duarten'
Showing off pointed leaves stipped in bronze and silver, Duarten is a showstopper for desks and tabletops.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Fairy'
A delightful variety with silvery leaves, Fairy also adds shades of pink and cream in its leaves.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Flamenco'
Flamenco Rex begonia shows off delightful silver-green leaves accented with red and green veins. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'His Majesty'
His Majesty is a popular variety perfect for fall decor; its leaves display shades of bronze, purple, red, and silver.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Pink Charming'
As you might expect from a variety named Pink Charming, this one offers pink and green leaves playfully splashed in silver.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Rumba'
Rumba Rex begonia is a spectacular selection that shows off reddish-green leaves and silvery variegation. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Salsa'
Salsa Rex begonia is a silver-leaf type that's variegated with shades of green and burgundy-red. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Silver Queen'
A regal variety, Silver Queen bears metallic-silver leaves accented with green centers and edges.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Tornado'
A wildly exotic variety, Tornado offers dark green leaves accented with splashes of silver, bronze, and deep, rich purple.Exotic Angel
Begonia rex 'Yamileth'
A particularly showy indoor plant, Yamileth offers green-black leaves that transition to silver toward the edges. Yamileth is a showstopper!Exotic Angel