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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

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  • HPRWA SCORE 9
  • FAMILY Begoniaceae
  • CATEGORY Shrubs, Vines, & Others

fern-leaf Begonia (Begonia foliosa)

Often cultivated in hanging baskets due to its cascading nature, the fern-leaf begonia that has spread from original plantings to moist forests on the Big Island and into very wet native dominated habitat at Mount Ka'ala, Oah'u. The herbaceous shrub is native to Colombia and Venezuela and thrives in shaded areas with abundant moisture.

  • Two ranked leaves fern-like leaves
  • Succulent, red stems
  • Pink to white colored flowers are present year round
  • Mat forming herb

Harm

  • Capable of invading native dominated wet forests
  • Brittle stems make hand pulling ineffective
  • Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions
  • Reproduces from viable seed and vegetative fragments