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Begonia picta - Sm.

Common Name
Family Begoniaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shady banks and rock ledges in wetter areas, to 2800 metres[51]. Plants are sometimes found at much higher elevations.
Range E. Asia - Himalayas
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade
Begonia picta


Begonia picta

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Begonia picta is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in). It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked. An acid flavour[2, 105, 177]. The sour tasting leaf stalks and stems are pickled[272].

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Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Ophthalmic  Poultice  Stomachic

The juice of the plant is drunk to relieve headaches[272]. The crushed leaves are used as a poultice on sore nipples[272]. The root juice is used as an eyewash to treat conjunctivitis[272]. It is also consumed in the treatment of peptic ulcers[272].

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Other Uses

Mordant

The juice of the plant is used as a mordant to fix the colours of vegetable dyes[272].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained soil[200]. Plants do not require high light intensities[200]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[200]. A tuberous species, it is said to require greenhouse protection in Britain but plants are found at quite high elevations in the Himalayas and these provenances could be hardy in this country[K].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in a greenhouse and keep the compost moist in a light position. The seed can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking a year or more[134]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division Basal cuttings from tubers in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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