Red Robin Begonia
Begonia ‘Rex’ spp
This is a compact variety of ‘Rex’ Begonia with small leaves and an eye-catching iridescence which is shared by many other begonia varieties. The iridescence of the begonia is an evolutionary adaptation to take advantage of certain wavelengths of light under the dark forest canopies where they can be found in the wild. This feature is the product of a fascinating quality of specialized chloroplasts which are arranged in a crystal like pattern which catch and slow light in such a way that can make maximum use of the light energy on a quantum level.
Growth Form: Low growing cluster of red iridescent up to 1.5 high and 3 feet wide
Light: Should be grown indoors near a window or outdoors in the shade.
Soil: Well drained, standard potting mix
Hardiness: USDA zones 10 and up , or indoors