Mary Caldwell, of Dunbar, has plants that came from her mother's garden in Arlington, Va., and hers came from her mother's garden in Morgantown.
"If the deer don't eat mine, they bloom in late August. If the deer do eat the leaves, which they have this year, they will re-leaf out and possibly bloom later in September or late October (before frost). The foliage is hardy until a very heavy frost. You can pinch off the stems and they will root; or pull up some rootstock in the spring and share with friends and neighbors. I've given bags of it away and never lack for more in my yard.
"The perennial begonia is a plant that will spread and it makes a lovely border plant (if you can keep it in the area where you want it)."
By the way, Judy Dunlap: Mary sends her regards.
Jeannie Tyler, of Charleston, has them around her home and they thrive in full shade and spread. "They are beautiful plants!"
Wild begonia: Ruth Arthur's been calling it this for 20 years.
Dragon wing begonia: Carolyn Baxter, of Hurricane, and Margaret Wise, of Teays Valley, gave it this name.
Other names include everlasting begonia (from Joan Collins, of Hurricane), and pink blooms (from Terry Harper's grandson; Harper said the deer call it an appetizer before they eat her hostas for their main course. And Harper calls it an invasive plant that just won't die!).
Another mystery plant
I might be crazy, but here's another photo of a reader's mystery plant, from Kay Nelson-Legg, of Tornado.
"This spring, I found a small seedling growing in a viburnum I purchased at one of the local stores. I transplanted it to a rose garden I just started. I have guarded it, kept it watered during the hot summer and I'm still mystified to its identify. I keep hoping it is going to surprise me with a bloom. The foliage reminds me of the soft, airy, greenery on a carrot plant. Thank you."
Anyone know the name of this one?
Let the phone calls begin!
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.