Begonia 'Can I Have A Piece Of That?'
Well, no, 'Can I Have A Piece Of That?' is not the real name of this begonia. I've forgotten the real one. It's an eye-catching cultivar, probably with the old reliable Begonia richmondensis somewhere in its ancestry. Perhaps its the contrast between the deep oiled bronze foliage color and the dainty white and rose pink flowers that makes it so striking. I have to watch it for White Fly, but otherwise nothing stops it but a long period of Santa Ana winds, which thrash and desiccate the plant to the point of death. I then cut it down to the ground, and it rapidly grows back and looks beautiful once again. It tolerates quite a lot of sun. In one place in the garden I have it between two roses, and it mostly steals the show.
Not once, but many times, a visitor to my garden, after touring the entire garden, and oohing and ahhing over this and that, will simply nod when seeing this begonia...yet at the end of the tour will say, "That begonia back there...can I have a piece of that?"
I think it's a good name!