Begonia x tuberhybrida

  • T. K. Lim

Scientific Name

Begonia x tuberhybrida Voss


Begonia × tuberhybrida var. grandiflora Voss, Begonia Tuberhybrida Group, Begonia tuberosea hort



Common/English Names

Hybrid Tuberous Begonia, Tuberous Begonia

Vernacular Names

  • French: Bégonia Tubéreux

  • German: Knollenbegonie

  • Spanish: Begonia Tuberosa

  • Swedish: Knölbegonia


Begonia tuberhybrida is a complex group of cultivars developed from hybridization of several Andean species such as B. boliviensis with pink flowers or B. pearcei with yellow flowers (Dewitte et al. 2011; USDA, ARS 2012). Other parental Andean species used in hybridization include Begonia veitchii and B. davisi. Tuberous begonias are cultivated and not found wild.


Tuberous begonias thrive best in a mild cool summer climate and are totally intolerant of high temperatures or very high humidity levels or frost. The ideal conditions for tuberous begonias are areas where evening temperatures do not fall below 15 °C and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. K. Lim
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  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

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