Snail Curl Mystery Begonias

 

Curl left. Curl right. Repeat. Alternate leaves of Escargot Rex Begonias twist. Why? Why a leaf curl at all? Nature wastes no energy. What survival advantage could such a trait provide? Just “lookin’ pretty” rarely makes the cut in plant evolution.  I never tire of seeing the variations in the plant kingdom.

Leaf centers curl left and right on alternate leaves of the Escargot Rex Begonia.

Leaf centers curl left and right on alternate leaves of the Escargot Rex Begonia.