Begonia sanguinea is a small shrub-like begonia with interesting leathery dark green to maroon leaves. White to pale pink flowers above foliage from winter to spring.
Also known as the ‘Blood Begonia’ for the color of the reverse of the foliage, sanguinea means ‘blood colored’.
Begonia sanguinea grows well deep shade or filtered light, often grown in a container. Originally from Brazil this species is best grown as a house or indoor plant.
You can tip prune to make a bushier plant, well suited to a hanging basket. Rarely offered for sale except from collectors and plant fairs.