The begonia was named by Charles Plumier for the passionate flower lover and collector Michel Begon (1638-1710), French governor of the French colony of Haiti.
One legend states that the begonia has the power to carry a message of warning; to be alert and to be cautious.
It has been said that begonias are the symbol of persons with a dreamy, innocent nature.
Thelma O'Reilly is nicknamed the Begonia Queen for her 50+ years of cultivating and breeding begonia plants in La Mesa, CA.
The world's largest outdoor begonia garden is the Royal Begonia Garden, Sydney, Australia.
If you are into computer games you will know of Begonia Island in the 3D virtual world. If not just enjoy real begonias.