Begonia 'Looking Glass' Begonia 'Looking Glass' (C)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
begonia 'Looking Glass'


'Looking Glass' is an evergreen perennial with erect stems that can reach up to 1.8m tall. Silvery leaves, up to 30cm long, are marked with green bands along the veins and coloured red beneath. Clusters of pink flowers are borne in late spring and summer

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Looking Glass Begonia, Mirror Leaf Begonia, Silver-Leafed Begonia.

    • Common names

      Begonia 'Looking Glass'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-1.5 feet (0.3-0.45 meters)

    • Spread

      1-1.5 feet (0.3-0.45 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: The Begonia 'Looking Glass' adds visual interest to indoor and outdoor spaces with its unique silver foliage.
    • Low Maintenance: This variety of begonia is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal upkeep beyond regular watering and occasional feeding.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a variety of settings such as hanging baskets, container gardens, or as a bedding plant.
    • Shade Tolerance: It thrives in shaded areas where other plants might struggle, making it ideal for darker corners of a garden or home.
    • Long Blooming Season: The plant has a lengthy blooming period, providing color and vibrancy throughout much of the year.
    • Humidity Tolerance: Begonias typically enjoy humid conditions, making them suitable for terrariums or bathrooms.

  • 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 'Looking Glass' can be used in terrariums, providing a vibrant backdrop with its shimmering silver foliage to create a miniature, humid, jungle-like environment.
    • This plant's unique leaves may be used in art projects, such as leaf-painting or imprinting, where the intricate leaf patterns can create interesting designs.
    • As an intriguing photography subject, the plant's iridescent leaves provide an excellent opportunity for macro and close-up photography enthusiasts.
    • In small container water gardens, Begonia 'Looking Glass' can provide foliage contrast when used in conjunction with aquatic and semi-aquatic plants.
    • For educating children about plant growth and botany, this begonia variety can be used due to its easily observable leaf and stem development.
    • Begonia 'Looking Glass' can be utilized as a natural indicator of humidity levels in a room; its leaves may curl or droop when the air is too dry.
    • During festive seasons, the striking leaves can be integrated into table arrangements or wreaths as a live decorative element.
    • This begonia can serve as a companion plant in the vegetable garden to create a more diverse and visually appealing space.
    • In crafting, the leaves of the Begonia 'Looking Glass' can be pressed and preserved in clear resin to make unique botanical jewelry or ornaments.
    • For a whimsical touch, small figurines or fairy garden accessories can be arranged amongst the begonia's foliage to create a miniature fantasy garden.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Begonia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Begonia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beware: Begonias can sometimes represent caution or a warning sign to "beware" in the world of plant symbolism. This could be due to their delicate and unique appearances.
    • Gratitude: Begonias can symbolize gratitude and appreciation, making them a perfect gift when you want to thank someone for their help or kindness.
    • Individuality: The 'Looking Glass' Begonia, with its eye-catching foliage, hints at one's uniqueness and the celebration of one's individual traits and quirks.
    • Harmony: In some cultures, begonias are believed to represent harmony and balance, possibly owing to their symmetrical foliage and pleasing aesthetic.
    • Deep thoughts: Sometimes, because of their intricate leaves and overall thoughtful appearance, begonias can symbolize deep thinking or an invitation to delve deeper into a subject.

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

    The Looking Glass Begonia should be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, typically every 1 to 2 weeks. It is best to use room temperature water and gently water the soil directly, avoiding the leaves to prevent potential fungal growth. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure the pot has good drainage. Depending on the size of the pot, you may end up using about 8 to 16 ounces of water for smaller pots and up to half a gallon for larger ones each time you water.

  • sunLight

    Looking Glass Begonia thrives in bright, indirect light, away from direct sunlight which can scorch its delicate leaves. The ideal spot is next to a window that receives filtered light through sheer curtains or a location that provides consistent, diffuse light throughout the day. It can also tolerate low-light conditions but will have slower growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature range for Looking Glass Begonia is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit and should not be exposed to temperatures below this as it can cause damage to the plant. Keep it away from drafty windows and air conditioning vents, as sudden temperature changes are harmful.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Looking Glass Begonia is necessary to maintain its shape, remove any dead or yellowing leaves, and encourage fuller growth. Prune in the spring or summer, cutting back any leggy stems to just above a leaf node. How often you prune will depend on the plant's growth rate; do so when it appears to be getting too large or untidy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Begonia rex 'Looking Glass' thrives best in a well-draining, fertile soil mix with high organic matter content such as peat moss or coconut coir, combined with perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage. The ideal soil pH for this plant should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 5.5 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Begonia rex 'Looking Glass' should be repotted every 1-2 years or when it has outgrown its current pot. The best time for repotting is in the spring or early summer, during its active growing phase.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Begonia rex 'Looking Glass' prefers high humidity levels, ideally between 50% to 70%. It flourishes in a consistently humid environment but can tolerate brief periods of lower humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light, water when topsoil is dry.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade, shelter from wind, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Begonia 'Looking Glass' seeds germinate in warm, moist soil conditions, emerging as seedlings with their first set of true leaves. As the plant grows, it develops a bushy form with intricate silver and green foliage with red undersides, preferring indirect light and high humidity. The vegetative stage is characterized by the production of thick, fleshy stems and leaves through which the plant expands in size, reaching maturity when it starts developing flowers. Begonia 'Looking Glass' blooms periodically throughout the year when conditions are suitable, with small flowers that may be less noticeable compared to its striking foliage. Once pollinated, the flowers will produce seeds that can be dispersed to start new plants, although propagation is more commonly achieved through cuttings. The plant will continue to grow and can live for several years with proper care, eventually succumbing to old age or environmental stresses.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Begonia 'Looking Glass' is through leaf cuttings, typically performed during the warmer months when the plant is actively growing, which is spring to early summer. To propagate by leaf cuttings, a healthy and mature leaf is chosen and then cut into sections, ensuring each section has at least one vein. These sections are then placed on a moist potting mix or laid flat on the surface and slightly pressed down to ensure contact. The potting media should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged and placed in a warm, bright area without direct sunlight. Roots and eventually new shoots will emerge from the veins, developing into a new plant which can be potted up once it has grown sufficiently. It is important to maintain high humidity throughout this process, which can be achieved by covering the cutting with a transparent plastic cover or placing it in a humidity dome.