Over the past several years I have grown several cultivars of Begonias. They are very easy to grow if you follow a few basic rules and they are some of my favorite plants.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 1,897 species in the Begonia genus (as of 1-9-21 when I am updating this page). The species have been divided into 60 sections, 16 in East Africa alone. They are native to many countries in mainly tropical and subtropical climates. Begonia is a member of the plant family Begoniaceae with 2 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
There are over 10,000 cultivars…
I am not going into a lot of detail because there is a lot of information online written by experts, which I am not. I just enjoy growing Begonias for their beauty.
GARDENING KNOW HOW has a lot of information about Begonias. There are two links below but you can click on the arrow at the bottom of their pages for much more information.
There isn’t a whole lot online about Begonia cultivars unless you click on page after page of sources for the plants. By the time go through a few pages you get tired of it. Luckily, a man from Proven Winners sent me a link to the International Database of the Begoniaceae… Ummm… The Record List includes 19,401 different species and cultivars of Begonias…