This Begonia was hybridized by Freda Holly, a longtime Begonia keeper and an excellent hybridizer. She has written many articles for the American Begonia Society as well as a book titled ‘Begonia Hybridizing by the Begonia hybridizers.’
This is far and away my favorite hybrid of all time, of any genus of plant. It doesn’t look like a hybrid to me, which is why it appeals. It is also very easy to grow and does well in open air or in a terrarium The one below only had two leaves in October, and despite its positioning right above a heat vent, it has grown steadily over the past five months.
The leaves are covered with pink hairs, coming out of the silver parts only it seems.
I placed B. ‘Freda’ and a few other Begonias with reddish tints in this window because of the light. Every evening these plants are backlit to display their fullest red colors for a few hours at a time (less in winter). Freda is closest to the window, and B. rex (species) sits in the pot on the left, and two other unknown rex hybrids to the sides.