Begonia 'Silver Jewell' Begonia 'Silver Jewell'

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


'Silver Jewell' is a rhizomatous perennial grown mainly for its foliage. Leaves are heart-shaped with a puckered surface. They are metallic silver with dark green radiating markings. Bears clusters of cream flowers in winter

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Silver Jewell Begonia, Pewter-Leaf Begonia

    • Common names

      Begonia 'Silver Jewell'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: The Begonia 'Silver Jewell' exhibits attractive foliage with silver patterns that can add visual interest to any garden or indoor space.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal upkeep compared to other more demanding houseplants.
    • Shade Tolerance: It thrives in shaded areas where many other plants might struggle, making it ideal for spots that get limited sunlight.
    • Compact Growth: With its compact size, it is well-suited for small spaces, containers, and terrariums.
    • Long Blooming Period: The plant often has a lengthy flowering season, providing color and vibrancy over an extended period.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a variety of settings, including hanging baskets, garden beds, and as a standalone indoor potted plant.

  • 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

    • Decorative mulch: Silver Jewell's metallic leaves can be dried and scattered around other plants to create an unusual, reflective mulch that deters pests and adds visual interest to the garden bed.
    • Art projects: The unique foliage of Silver Jewell can be pressed and incorporated into botanical artworks or used as stencils for painting and drawing activities.
    • Wedding decor: Due to its stunning appearance, the Silver Jewell can be used in bridal bouquets or table centerpieces for a touch of elegance and a silver sheen.
    • Fairy gardens: Small and versatile, Silver Jewell can be placed in fairy gardens to add a mystical or enchanted forest look due to its shimmering foliage.
    • Educational tool: Silver Jewell can be used in classrooms or educational programs to discuss topics like plant variation, hybridization, and leaf pigmentation.
    • Photographic subject: The plant's striking appearance makes it an ideal subject for macro photography, capturing the intricate patterns and textures of its leaves.
    • Color palettes: Designers and artists may use the Silver Jewell as inspiration for creating color schemes in their work, drawing from its silver and green hues.
    • Costume accessory: The leaves, with their metallic sheen, can be used in the creation of costumes or fashion, particularly for fantasy or science fiction themes.
    • Craft inspiration: Hobbyists may use the distinctive shape and texture of Silver Jewell leaves as molds or imprints for pottery, ceramics, or clay crafts.
    • Packaging embellishment: The leaves can be used as a natural embellishment for gift wrapping or presentation of goods, giving packages an upscale and unique look.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Begonia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Begonia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Caution: Begonias in general can be symbolic of caution due to their delicate appearance that suggests they need careful handling.
    • Unique beauty: The 'Silver Jewell' variety, with its silver spotted leaves, often signifies a unique or unconventional form of beauty.
    • Harmony: The Begonia 'Silver Jewell' can symbolize harmony, reflecting the balanced pattern and symmetry of its foliage.
    • Gratitude: Begonias are sometimes associated with gratitude and appreciation, which can extend to the 'Silver Jewell' for its distinctive appearance.

Every 10-14 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Silver Jewell Begonia should be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Use room temperature water, gently watering the soil until it begins to run out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot, which usually amounts to about 8-16 ounces depending on the size of the pot and the plant. Wait for the soil to dry out partially before watering again, which typically means watering once every week or two, but frequency can vary based on environmental conditions like humidity and temperature.

  • sunLight

    Silver Jewell Begonia thrives in bright, indirect light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. The best spot for this plant is near a window that receives plenty of natural light but is shielded by sheer curtains or blinds to diffuse the direct rays.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Silver Jewell Begonia prefers a warm climate with temperatures ranging between 60°F and 75°F. It's important to protect the plant from temperatures below 50°F, which can cause damage. The ideal temperature for robust growth would be within this preferred range.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Silver Jewell Begonia is essential for encouraging bushier growth and removing any dead or yellow leaves. Prune sparingly, ideally during the spring or early summer, which is the beginning of its active growing period. Lightly trim the plant to maintain shape and remove any unwanted or overgrown stems.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Begonia 'Silver Jewell' consists of a well-draining mixture such as peat moss, perlite, and pine bark fines. This blend ensures airflow to the roots and retains moisture without waterlogging. The ideal soil pH for 'Silver Jewell' Begonias is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    'Silver Jewell' Begonias should be repotted approximately every 1-2 years or when the plant outgrows its current container. This not only refreshes the soil but also provides the plant with more room to grow, ensuring continued health and vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    'Silver Jewell' Begonia thrives best in moderate to high humidity conditions, ideally around 50-60%. If the indoor air is too dry, using a humidity tray or a room humidifier can help maintain the optimal humidity level for this plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; keep soil moist but not soggy.

    • Outdoor

      Protect from direct sun; water when topsoil is dry.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of 'Silver Jewell' Begonia begins with seed germination, which occurs in a warm, moist environment, taking anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Once the seedlings emerge, they enter the vegetative stage, developing leaves and a root system; in 'Silver Jewell' Begonia, this stage is characterized by the development of its distinct silver-spotted foliage and compact growth habit. After the vegetative phase, the plant reaches maturity and can start the reproductive stage, where it produces clusters of flowers, typically in the spring or summer, depending on the specific climate and growing conditions. Following pollination, which can be facilitated by insects or manually by hobbyists, the plant produces seed capsules that eventually dry and release seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. Side shoots or rhizomes may also develop, contributing to the spread or clonal reproduction of the plant. Lastly, while considered a perennial in warm climates, 'Silver Jewell' Begonia may act as an annual in colder regions, and so the life cycle might include a dormancy phase or require human intervention for overwintering.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Begonia 'Silver Jewel', being a variety of Begonia, can be propagated most effectively through leaf cuttings. To do this, a healthy leaf is chosen and the main veins are cut on the underside. This leaf is then placed on a moist potting mix, ensuring that the cut veins are in contact with the soil. It's important to create a humid environment for the leaf by covering it with a clear plastic bag or placing it in a propagator. Roots usually begin to form at the site of the cuts, and eventually, new plants will develop, which can be separated and potted once they've grown large enough to handle. This process typically occurs during the warm growing season, spring or early summer, when the plants are actively growing and can recover from the stress of propagation.