A popular member of the Begonia family to grow as an indoor houseplant or a colorful foliage plant for shady containers outdoors. Rex begonias are tropical plants offering leaves with colorful patterns and intriguing leaves in variegated shades of green, red, pink, purple, silver, and brown. Leaves grow on short stalks from a rhizome below the soil, and the edges and undersides are covered in a short hairy texture. Small, incidental flowers are produced but it's often recommended to cut them in order to keep the plant's energy going toward leaf growth. Plant in peat-based potting mix and ensure pot drainage holes. Grow in part shade to shady areas outdoors and bright, indirect light indoors. Begonias prefer well-drained soil with average moisture. Feed regularly with a slow release, multipurpose fertilizer. Follow label instructions. No deadheading necessary, but helps keep the plant tidy and blooming nicely. Mulch 2? to suppress weeds, retain moisture and protect against extremes of soil temperature.