The true test of a good variety is how long it stays in cultivation. Begonia ‘Helen Lewis’ has passed that test. It was hybridized before 1947 and is still a popular rex cultivar. It has medium sized, oval leaves, purple-black in the center with a wide band of silver then a purple-black band on the leaf margin. Between these contrasting bands of color is a little flush of pink. This “rex classic” is fairly easy to grow.
Care of Begonia ‘Helen Lewis’
Shade to partial shade, temp. 50 to 95 degrees, 10 to 12in. tall, allow getting slightly dry between watering.
(Lewis Begonia Gardens, CA, before 1947)