With its unique wing shaped foliage, the Angel Wing Begonia remains a favourite among many gardeners. Earlier considered a lowly leafy shrub, the Angel Wing Begonia has risen to the status of a decorative flowering plant with the arrival of its hybrid varieties. This plant can survive dry environments and humidity and even grow between rocks.
Presently over ten thousand hybrid varieties of the Angel Wing Begonia are available and most of them are big leafed. Angel Wing Begonia are most known for their colorful leaf veins. Although, unappreciated in earlier times, many have started adoring it now. Out of the thousands of varieties of begonia four are most popular.
First comes Rex. Although they do bloom, the Rex is grown for its multicolored foliage. The root tips are often visible on top of the soil mixture as their roots tend to grow upwards. Such plants are likely to become stunted.
The next most popular begonia species is the Tuberous. They can only be grown in pots as they tend to create large holes in the ground due to the begonia tuber. Tuberous has short stems and medium sized leaves. This begonia species produces spectacular blooms like that of a rose. Tuberous grows well in high altitude environments and even bloom in the shade.
Cane-like begonias or the Cane-stemmed begonias come next in the list. They produce bright green leaves and brilliant blossoms of orange and red. Leaves of the Cane have a waxy coating on them while the stems are long and upright. Canes grow well in tropical climates.
The fourth most popular among the begonia species is the hanging type. Grown in hanging pots, they beautify our gardens and homes. Hanging begonias usually possess very few leaves and stems.