(Begonia picta)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Begonia picta

The juice of the plant is used as a mordant to fix the colours of vegetable dyes[272].

  • Medicinal Use

    The juice of the plant is drunk to relieve headaches[272].

    The crushed leaves are used as a poultice on sore nipples[272].

    The root juice is used as an eyewash to treat conjunctivitis[272]. It is also consumed in the treatment of peptic ulcers[272].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked. An acid flavour[2, 105, 177]. The sour tasting leaf stalks and stems are pickled[272].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow in a greenhouse and keep the compost moist in a light position. The seed can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking a year or more[134]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division Basal cuttings from tubers in spring.
Requires a well-drained soil[200]. Plants do not require high light intensities[200]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[200]. A tuberous species, it is said to require greenhouse protection in Britain but plants are found at quite high elevations in the Himalayas and these provenances could be hardy in this country[K].
E. Asia – Himalayas

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