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Begonia ‘Black Taffeta’


This plant is no longer for sale directly from TERRA NOVA® Nurseries. However, it may still be available through one of our Licensees or Retail Sources.


Large, crested, obsidian-black leaves to 8″ wide have a lovely burgundy red reverse. Its sturdy rhizomatous heritage makes it stronger than any Rex Begonia. Great in the house or in the shade garden. Vigorous grower to 18-24″ tall and wide. The breeder describes it: “Very large black star shaped textured leaves. Pink flowers. Most impressive.”

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 10-11
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 18″ / 24″ / 20″
Exposure: Full Shade
Bloom Time(s):

SKU: BEGBT Categories: ,
Common Name Rhizomatous Begonia
Family Begoniaceae
Genus Begonia
species --
Plant Type Annual
US Patent # --
EU Grant # --
Bloom Time --
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Black, Green
Dormancy --
Exposure Full Shade
Growth Habit Mounding
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
How Different? Crested and textured black leaves.
Landscape Value Container, summer contract or accent.
Most Active Growing Season Summer
Persistence Annual
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 18" / 24" / 20"
Soil (Garden) Average porosity, organic soil.
Water (Garden) Average to high.
Special Uses Deep South, Low Water Usage, Winter Color
Comments Can be sold as a bedding plant in warm areas. Good container plant and mixer.
Water (Greenhouse) Dry slightly between waterings.
EC 1.2 – 2.4
pH 6.0 – 7.0
Fertility Needs 150 – 200 ppm
Notes Sanitation of media and growing conditions is critical. Greenhouse production recommended for best environmental controls. Avoid use of overhead irrigation. Do not crowd plants as this can lead to more disease problems and stretched plants. Do not plant too deep.
Finish Time to 4″ 4 – 6 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon
Day Length for Flowering Day Neutral
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