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Widely distributed throughout the Himalayas and the Indian Subcontinent, to Pakistan, Tibet and Burma between 700 and 2900 m, this dwarf Begonia is found on shaded rocky cliffs, ledges and outcrops, often growing in just tiny crevices between the rocks. Its heart shaped leaves are green or more commonly exhibit a dramatic wine red mottling, sometimes a pattern from the center or the edges of the leaf. The small flowers are light pink. During the cold and dry winters, the plant is leafless and dormant. It makes a pretty ornamental for cool or warm temperate areas in USDA Zones 8 to 10. The sour leaves are edible, raw or boiled, and the leaf stalks are traditionally pickled in the Himalayas. It also has a variety of uses in traditional medicine. The tiny seeds can be a bit slow and erratic to germinate.