Silver Swirl Rex Begonia, scientifically known as Begonia rex 'Silver Swirl,' is a stunning and popular houseplant cherished for its striking foliage. Silver Swirl Rex Begonia is a cultivated hybrid of Rex Begonias that has been selectively bred for its stunning and unique leaf patterns and colors.
Silver Swirl Rex Begonia stands out primarily because of its extraordinary leaves. The leaves are large, asymmetrical, and have intricate patterns of silver, green, and purple. The silver markings create a swirl-like effect on the leaves, giving the plant its name.
Silver Swirl Rex Begonia, like many other Rex Begonias, is primarily grown for its stunning foliage rather than its flowers. However, when it does bloom, it produces small and inconspicuous flowers that are typically not the main attraction of the plant.
Silver Swirl Rex Begonia is generally considered a low-maintenance houseplant, making it suitable for both beginners and people with a busy lifestyle.
Provide bright, indirect light for your Silver Swirl Rex Begonia. It thrives in medium to bright, filtered sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Ensure that the pot has proper drainage to prevent overwatering.
Use a well-draining potting mix that retains some moisture but doesn't become waterlogged. A mix of tropical plants or African violets can work well.
Feed your Silver Swirl Rex Begonia with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing in the dormant winter months.
Rex Begonias are considered non-toxic to humans. However, they may still pose a mild risk to pets if ingested, as begonias contain oxalates that can irritate the mouth and digestive tract. It's best to keep Rex Begonias out of reach of curious pets to prevent any potential issues.
USDA Zone 10-12
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)