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Prehistoric looking 'T-Rex Painter's Palette' begonia is all about the multi-colored foliage, though it may produce summer blooms.
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Rex begonias' flowers are nothing compared to the flash of summer blooming annual begonias or tuberous begonias, but the leaves are in a class by themselves. The roughly pointed leaves of 'T-Rex Painter's Palette' are decidedly prehistoric looking and are as colorful as a painter's palette, with white splashed edges and black- or charcoal tones overlaying red and green leaves. These add fabulous texture and color to summer shade baskets and container planters, and can be grown indoors year-round. A local grower states that 'T-Rex Painter's Palette' begonia has successfully wintered over in the ground at its Oregon gardens for several years, although the plants are heavily mulched to protect them from winter weather. Consider planting this ornate begonia in a pot that can be brought indoors during the fall and summer for simplified gardening.
|Common Name||Rex Begonia|
|Mature Size||16" tall and wide|
|Optimum Temperature||60°-80° F indoors, frost-sensitive perennial grown as an annual outdoors|
|Characteristics||Perennial grown as an annual outdoors, year-round houseplant. Toxic to dogs and cats if ingested.|
|Light||Outdoors - morning sun/afternoon shade, shade. Indoors - well-lit room, no direct light|
|Water||Water thoroughly when surface soil is dry|
|Uses||Grown outdoors in containers, hanging baskets, borders. Houseplant|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|