The Angel Wing Begonia, named for the shape of its leaves, was created by Eva Kenworthy Gray in 1926 when she hybridized a begonia from Lucerne, Switzerland and one from Brazil. Born in Missouri in 1863, Eva received a university education in an era when that was rare. It's not clear whether she went to University of Missouri, which began admitting women on a very limited basis in 1868, or perhaps the University of Iowa, Oswald Veblen's alma mater, which was coeducational from the get go in 1848. In any case, her considerable contributions to horticulture and begonias in particular happened after she became an immigrant of sorts, moving from the midwest to California, where she became hooked on begonias in 1920, after being given a couple cuttings.
- They love sun. Mine bloom pretty much all summer when I have them outside on the south-facing side of the house.
- They also bloom in the winter when I have them in our downstairs bathroom tub with a west-facing window.
- I feed them occasionally, and outdoors they get watered when it rains. Indoors I water once a week or so.
- I think mine took a year or two to settle in before blooming. Keep caring