Begonias have captivated botanists, horticulturalists, and enthusiasts for centuries. These flowering plants come from a diverse genus within the family Begoniaceae. The genus Begonia includes over 1,800 species that range from small alpine varieties to showy tropical specimens. Beyond its ornamental value, Begonias holds historical and ecological importance in cultivation and practices.

Botanical Background:

  • Varieties of begonia include herbs, shrubs, and climbing plants originating from subtropical and tropical regions.
  • Begonias exhibit various leaf shapes, colors, and textures, with flowers ranging from small and inconspicuous to large and extravagant.

Historic Significance:

  • The genus derives its name from Michel B├ęgon, a French patron of botany in the 17th century.
  • European botanists during the 17th and 18th centuries introduced and popularized Begonia cultivation.