It is native to the intertropical regions of America, Asia and Africa. As an herbaceous or slightly woody plant, it can reach 1 m. in height and more commonly stands 0.40 m. high. It can grow on tree branches as an epiphytic plant and even on rocks as a lithophyte. Its stems are long and succulent, often growing as ground cover and hairy. The leaves are large and appear in an alternate formation, divided into 6 or 7 lobes and somewhat jagged. It produces floral stems with small pink or white flowers in copious quantities. Propagation occurs by seeds and by grafting of the stem or pieces of the leaf. It grows quickly, and prefers places with total or partial shade. Soils must have good drainage.
There are more than 1000 species of begonias produced through horticulture. They are used to decorate gardens and courtyards.