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Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-23

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Escargot

Rex begonia

Escargot

This is a fantastic tender tropical (perennial zone 10+) grown for its fetching foliage. (It does have small white flowers) It likes shade, medium moisture and good drainage. I'm not a houseplant person, but I was really attracted to this plant. Unfortunately mine died because I put it in the greenhouse and it wasn't warm enough. I guess I'll just have to get another one.

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Submitted by Lex on

And there's so many to choose from! A trip to eBay can have you raising stuff that doesn't even have a name, just a SE Asian collection number. And best yet, they thrive in low light conditions, making wonderfully colorful north window houseplants.

Submitted by lambert on

Not your father's begonia, either -- the variety with pink and white flowers is one of the few house plants I have luck with (though I'm doing better this year, for some reason).

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Submitted by twig on

that's one amazing plant. I've never seen anything quite like it before. Very cool!