Pet Friendly: Warning
If ingested, this plant can cause symptoms like vomiting or oral discomfort. The roots are the most toxic part of the plant.
Begonias are known in China as a source of Vitamin C and a feature in culinary dishes and medicinal applications. The symbolism of flowers includes begonias. The color of the flower dictates what symbol it represents. Yellow: In Asia, the begonia symbolizes good luck; while legend has it in Africa, it symbolizes a death and can be sent to the bereaved. White: According to lore, the white begonia represents innocence and virtue as the traditional wedding attire by brides. Pink and Red: These colors are representative of romance and love. Purple: is the color of royalty, holiness, and enlightenment. The vast symbolism of begonias makes these gorgeous foliage plants fun to collect as a conversational piece! Charles Plumier, a French botanist, first named the plant and later modified it in 1753 by Linnaeus to honor Michel Begon, a past governor of a French colony known as Haiti.