I think sometimes people neglect the wax begonia because of its past overuse, and this is too bad. It is a fairly formal plant, with a waxy, almost artificial look. But for constant bright flowers and glossy foliage in a shady environment, wax begonias can't be beat. They need some sun, but do well with just a few hours direct sun a day, as they prefer a moist soil. Having said that, they can tolerate periods of drought well, and seem almost impervious to heat. Once they get going, there's no stopping them. You can start them from seed with no trouble—contrary to what the nervous nellies will tell you. And they come in both bronze and green leaved plants with flowers of red, pink, white, and variations.
||Sow indoors in early spring, and maintain sterility and high humidity in a clean plastic container until germinated. After plants are a week or two old, gradually uncover container and give lots of light. Keep moist at all times, but not wet. Very slow growing at first. Can also be propagated from cuttings.
||A great edging or border plant. Prefers part sun but can tolerate most reasonable light conditions. Water moderately, more frequently in full sun. Plant requires little or no care.
|Etymology: begonia = named for a governor of French Canada and patron of botany, Michel Begon; semperflorens = 'everblooming'