I am native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. I personally originate in a hybridization made by a California plant breeder in 1926.
My name comes from my beautiful wing shaped leaves which are covered in a red fur. I have a snazzy bright green vein running down my leaves.
I am approx 21cm high in my pot.
Keep me well watered but don't let me stand in water. Do not mist my leaves as the water collects on the small hairs and rots tiny spots. I will burn if left for long periods in direct sunlight. I like bright shade!
I produce blooms that range in colors from red and pink to white. My flowers are edible.
Prune off dead leaves.
I can live and look great a long time.
Go easy on the fertiliser, apply it very dilute.
I am a cross between a Begonia aconitifolia and B. coccinea.