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Monday, November 21, 2022

Cane Begonia 'Frosty' / Cane Begonia 'Don Miller'


The Correct ID appears to be in a mix bag and the worse case scenario when these are now are in many variation's and hybrids which are new and currently in market sold without labels. Just like so many begonias which was initially mis-labelled, this particular one fall in that category.

Often times, which I think based on my opinion the vendors may come up with creative ways to introduce an old plant with new names in just the interest of attracting attention for the sale of the plant. Hence, this particular one is interchangeably sold with either of these two names listed above.

To add to the confusion, it does have very similar characteristics with my known Cane Begonias like Maurice Amey, Pink Beningo, Sinbad and Looking Glass.  This particular one have very distinct characteristics unique to the rest of the collection.

You might find that the main veins on the foliage are fine and thin and less pronounced in comparison to "Looking Glass" It does have some fine, furry features on the leaf surface - very similar like Maurice Amey. The silvery sheen may change in coloration based on the exposure of how strong the light it receives.
Very burgundy tones and sheen looking when it receives strong optimum light and more towards the silvery tones when kept in cooler bright shade. In can also be mistaken for Sinbad or Aya for its coloration.

Hence, one of the best way to determine the ID is to have many comparison pictures and expert eye to properly ID the plant as they can be very similar looking.

Do click below for more information on Cane Begonias.

Cane Begonia Care & Cultivation information.

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