Wax Begonia Begonia 'Carol Red'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
begonia 'Carol Red'


The Begonia 'Carol Red' is an ornamental plant known for its striking appearance. While the integral dimensions of the plant are omitted, it's characterized by its lush foliage and vibrant flowers. The leaves of this particular Begonia are typically glossy with a green color that may have a reddish or bronze tinge, creating a beautiful contrast. The edges of the leaves are often serrated or may exhibit a wavy pattern, adding to the plant's decorative appeal. The true standout feature of Begonia 'Carol Red' is its flowers, which give the plant its name. The blooms are a bold red hue, likely ranging from deep scarlet to a bright crimson, and they usually appear in clusters. These flowers can be quite showy and are commonly used to inject a pop of color in gardens and indoor settings. The plant may display a bushy habit with stems that are often succulent and may exhibit hues aligning with the reddish motif of the foliage and flowers. The overall impression of Begonia 'Carol Red' is of a vibrant, colorful plant that draws the eye and serves as a splendid ornamental addition to plant collections or garden spaces.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Carol Red Begonia, Wax Begonia, Fibrous Begonia

    • Common names

      Begonia 'Carol Red'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Begonias, including the 'Carol Red' variety, contain insoluble oxalates which can be mildly toxic when ingested. If a person eats any part of a begonia, they might experience symptoms such as a burning sensation in the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. Additionally, one could have difficulty swallowing and experience vomiting. In severe cases, it can lead to kidney stones if large quantities are consumed. Generally, the symptoms are mild and medical treatment is rarely needed.

    • To pets

      Begonias, including the 'Carol Red' variety, are toxic to pets due to the presence of insoluble oxalates. If a pet, such as a dog or cat, ingests begonias, they may exhibit signs of poisoning which include drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing. In some cases, excessive ingestion can lead to kidney failure. It is recommended to keep begonias out of reach of pets and seek veterinary attention if you suspect your pet has ingested any part of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Spread

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Adds aesthetic value to interiors or gardens with its vibrant red flowers and lush foliage.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Long Blooming Period: Often has a lengthy flowering season, providing color for an extended period.
    • Shade Tolerance: Can thrive in shaded areas where other flowering plants may struggle.
    • Compact Growth: Its growth habit is usually manageable, ideal for space-constrained areas or small gardens.
    • Versatility: Suitable for planting in containers, hanging baskets, or directly in the ground.
    • Propagation Ease: Can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, allowing for easy reproduction and sharing.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, some Begonia varieties, including 'Carol Red', can tolerate periods of drought.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Begonia leaves can be used for crafting decorative impressions in clay or cement, as their unique texture leaves an intricate pattern.
    • The waxy leaves of the Begonia can be used in creating botanical art by coating them in paint and using them as stamps on fabric or paper.
    • Due to their vibrant color, Begonias are often used in photography as a tool to practice macro photography skills.
    • Begonia petals can be used in salads or as an edible garnish, adding a splash of color to various dishes.
    • These plants can be given as a part of eco-friendly gifts or favors for events such as weddings or parties, promoting sustainable gifting.
    • Begonia leaves are sometimes incorporated into table settings or napkin rings to add a natural element to formal dining decor.
    • The bright shades of Begonias can be used to create natural dyes for textiles or for art projects.
    • Pressed Begonia flowers and leaves can be used in scrapbooking or to make handmade paper, adding a touch of nature to crafts.
    • Live Begonia plants can act as a natural privacy screen on balconies or patios when arranged appropriately in containers.
    • Begonia stems can be used to propagate new plants, serving as an educational tool for horticultural lessons or workshops.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Begonia is often associated with positive energy and can be used to introduce vibrant yang energy into a space, which is the dynamic, bright and active energy in Feng Shui. Place the Begonia in areas where you want to promote growth and happiness, such as the living room or near the front door, to invite good fortune and cheer.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Begonia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Caution: Begonias are often associated with caution or a warning to be wary in certain situations. This may be due to the delicate nature of the plant's blossoms and can serve as a metaphor for fragile circumstances.
    • Harmony: The symmetry and balance of the begonia's leaves and flowers can symbolize a state of harmony and balance. This relates to how its aesthetic properties are appreciated in horticulture and design.
    • Individuality: With its unique colors and patterns, Begonia 'Carol Red' can represent individuality, showcasing the importance of standing out and being true to oneself.
    • Gratitude: In some contexts, giving begonias is a way to express thanks or gratitude. This could be due to their attractive appearance and the effort required to cultivate them successfully.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Begonia 'Carol Red', also known as the Rieger Begonia, it is essential to maintain a balance in watering. The soil should be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plant thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which generally means watering approximately once a week. However, this can vary depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. Use tepid water and provide around 8-12 ounces each time, ensuring that excess water is allowed to drain away to prevent root rot. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as plant growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    The Rieger Begonia thrives in bright, indirect light. It is best to place the plant near an east or west-facing window where it can receive moderate lighting. Direct sunlight should be avoided, as it can scorch the delicate leaves of the Begonia. A spot that provides dappled sunlight or diffused light through a sheer curtain is ideal for maintaining vibrant foliar color and encouraging flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rieger Begonias prefer a comfortable temperature range, typically between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of about 50 degrees Fahrenheit but should not be exposed to temperatures below this as they are sensitive to cold. The ideal conditions would be a consistently warm environment without drastic temperature fluctuations.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Rieger Begonias helps to promote bushier growth and remove any unsightly or dead foliage. Prune the plant in the early spring, just before the onset of the new growth period. Cut back leggy stems and remove any spent blooms or yellowing leaves to encourage a fuller plant. Pruning is typically done annually, but the plant can also be lightly pruned as needed throughout the year to maintain its shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Begonia 'Carol Red' prefers a well-draining soil mix consisting of peat, perlite, and compost. Ensure the soil is slightly acidic to neutral with a pH of 6.0-7.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Begonia 'Carol Red' generally needs repotting every 1-2 years, best done in spring to allow the plant to acclimate and grow into its new pot during the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Begonia 'Carol Red' thrives in high humidity levels, around 50-60%, making it suitable for terrariums or environments where moisture can be maintained without wetting the foliage directly.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Shelter from direct sun, moist soil, morning light.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Begonia 'Carol Red', also known as Carol Red Begonia, starts its life as a seed that germinates in warm, moist soil. After sprouting, the seedling grows into a young plant with characteristic asymmetrical leaves and begins to develop its root system. As the plant matures, it produces lush, waxy leaves, often with a reddish hue, and blooms with bright red flowers when environmental conditions are favorable, typically in spring or summer. Following pollination, which is often aided by insects, the flowers will produce seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. The Carol Red Begonia may enter a period of dormancy during colder months, if grown in a climate where temperatures drop significantly. Under ideal conditions, it can survive for several years, often grown as a perennial in warmer climates or as an annual in colder regions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The Begonia 'Carol Red', commonly known as Begonia, can be effectively propagated through leaf cuttings, especially during the growing season, generally from spring to early autumn. The most popular method involves taking a healthy leaf and lightly scoring veins on the underside, then laying the leaf vein-side down on moist soil. To hold the leaf in place and ensure contact with the soil, you can use small stones or even toothpicks. The pot should be placed in a warm spot with bright, indirect light and covered with plastic to retain humidity. Roots will often develop at the sites of the scored veins, and once these roots are substantial, the new plants can be gently separated from the mother leaf and potted individually.