Angel Wing Begonia Facts

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The angel wing begonia plant, named for the contour of its leaves that resemble the wings of angels, originated in South America. Foliage and blossoms grow from elevated, bamboo-like stems, explaining why this plant is also referred to as cane begonia.


  • Angel wing begonia foliage unfurls to reveal either mahogany-colored leaves or those of pale to deep green that often contain white or silver spots. The appearance of yellow rings on leaves indicates leaf spot — bacteria that thrive in a cool, moist environment. According to the Guide to Houseplants, removing affected leaves and keeping the plant away from air conditioning and heating vents should alleviate the problem.


  • Angel wing begonia plants produce blossoms that form delicate, dangling clusters of white, pink and red. Most bloom in spring and summer, but some flower year-round, according to South Carolina’s Clemson University Cooperative Extension.


  • Bright, indirect light allows for an abundance of blossoms and vivid leaf color. Excessive watering causes the elegant angel-winged leaves to turn yellow and fall from the plant. If not pruned, an angel wing begonia plant can grow to a height of 10 feet, reports Clemson University.

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