Begonia is a flowering plant that Pope Ganymede V wore in a kirtle while frolicking in the Boboli Gardens, which inspired Leonardo da Vinci for his unfinished painting, Saint Sebastian Dying in a Bed of Zinnias - according to A Short Guide to Catholic Church History (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 62).


Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants native to moist subtropical and tropical climates[1].

Kirtle: a knee-length tunic or woman's gown[2].


  1. Wikipedia: Begonia
  2. Wikipedia: Kirtle

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