Rex Begonia (Begonia rex)

Rex Begonia Plant Features

Rex begonia offers colorful foliage and is one of the most interesting indoor plants around. Despite its exotic looks, Rex begonia is actually easy to grow. Because it's a relatively short houseplant, Rex begonia is perfect for desks and tabletops where is wildly colorful, variegated foliage makes it a perfect contrast against other houseplants. 

Dress up your Rex begonia by growing it in a container that complements colors in the foliage. Depending on the variety, that may mean purple, pink, red, silver, or black. 

Rex begonias are perfect plants for terrariums. Get terrarium ideas from our experts!
Learn more about Rex and other types of begonias. See our Guide to Begonias.

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Rex Begonia Growing Instructions

Grow Rex begonia in a medium to bright spot as a houseplant. In Southern regions, it may benefit from a protection from direct sun during the heat of the day, but in Northern regions, some sun on the leaves presents no problem.

Water Rex begonias when the potting mix just dries. It's better to keep them a little too dry than too wet; they can rot if the soil doesn't dry out well enough. 

Rex begonias don't require quite as much humidity as many other exotic houseplants, but if your home has dry air, boost humidity in the winter months to keep the leaf tips from turning brown and dry. 

Rex Begonias aren't heavy feeders, so you can fertilize them as little as once or twice a year. But if you want faster growth, fertilize them more frequently with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer (following the directions on the packaging).

Rex begonias are not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: Medium light

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  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Rex Begonia

Colorful Aglaonema
Red aglaonema's colorful leaves are a fun complement to Rex begonia.

Nerve Plant
Nerve plant shows off fun, variegated foliage, too -- making it a fun companion for exotic Rex begonia.

Zebra Plant
Zebra plant has bold foliage that accents Rex begonia.

Our favorite varieties

Tornado Rex Begonia

Tornado Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Tornado'

A wildly exotic variety, Tornado offers dark green leaves accented with splashes of silver, bronze, and deep, rich purple.

Yamileth Rex Begonia

Yamileth Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Yamileth'

A particularly showy indoor plant, Yamileth offers green-black leaves that transition to silver toward the edges. Yamileth is a showstopper!

Ballet Rex Begonia

Ballet Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Ballet'

Ballet Rex begonia features fabulous silvery-green leaves edged in mid-green. Reddish stems accent the plant. It grows about 8 inches tall and wide.

Flamenco Rex Begonia

Flamenco Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Flamenco'

Flamenco Rex begonia shows off delightful silver-green leaves accented with red and green veins. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.

Rumba Rex Begonia

Rumba Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Rumba'

Rumba Rex begonia is a spectacular selection that shows off reddish-green leaves and silvery variegation. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.

Salsa Rex Begonia

Salsa Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Salsa'

Salsa Rex begonia is a silver-leaf type that's variegated with shades of green and burgundy-red. It grows 8 inches tall and wide.

Red Kiss Rex Begonia

Red Kiss Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Red Kiss'

Red Kiss Rex begonia shows off fabulous purple-black foliage with a broad, metallic-red ring. It's an elegant and eye-catching houseplant variety. Red Kiss Rex begonia grows about 8 inches tall and wide.

Silver Limbo Rex Begonia

Silver Limbo Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Silver Limbo'

Silver Limbo is a compact, small-leafed variety that offers beautiful metallic-silver foliage that has purple-red backsides. It grows about 6 inches tall and wide.

Spitfire Rex Begonia

Spitfire Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Spitfire'

Spitfire Rex begonia is a stunning variety that shows off reddish-pink leaves edged in silver and green. It grows about 8 inches tall and wide.

Red Tango Rex Begonia

Red Tango Rex Begonia

Begonia rex 'Red Tango'

Red Tango features metallic reddish-purple foliage often edged in silver. As is the case with many rex begonia varieties, more light brings out stronger leaf coloration.