Begonia bowerii Ziesenh.
Begonia bowerae Ziesenh.
The Eyelash Begonia
Our specimen is likely a hybrid variation.
Incorrectly Begionia bowerii
This deep green
Begonia bowerii with purple leaf fringes has pointed leaves that
grow to 6 inches. The
species is from Mexico and the center is decorated with a strongly defined yellow star and in the
Spring the Begonia often puts out tall flower spikes. There
are over 700 hybrids known in this group of Begonia hybrids.
B. bowerae is considered to be the parent of the numerous
hybrids known collectively as the Eyelash Begonias. An
attractive hybrid that is also easy to grow provided you give it
filtered light and very well draining soil. My thanks to Bill Claybaugh,
Conservation Chairman of the American Begonia Society and to
Avery Wagg of the
Canadian Begonia Society for their assistance in
identifying the plant. You can see Bill's website at