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Begonia luxurians (Palm-leaf Begonia), Exotic Garden, Great Dixter, mid October. "Sturdy upright canes supporting a zig-zag of alternating side branches, each with large, finely dissected palmate leaves comprising a dozen or so thin drooping fingers. The whole plant is rippled with hairs, and has reddish undertones to the stems and undersides of the leaves. The overall effect is not too dissimilar to a herbaceous palm tree - plants in our Exotic Garden are often mistaken for miniature palms. Loose clusters of cream flowers emerge from a lacework of small globular buds... Origins: Rainforests of Brazil." [Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter, Nurseryman's Favourites, Gardens Illustrated magazine, August 2013]