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A picture of a Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamen spp.

Also known as

Persian Violet, Sowbread, Alpine Violet

Berne Botanic garden Cyclamen repandum by Feloidea (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

7a-10b

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

20cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cyclamen (8457919409)

Overview

The genus Cyclamen comprises 24 species of tuberous perennials. Fully hardy species and cultivars make excellent rock garden plants in borders, or in raised beds. Frost-tender Cyclamen make great indoor plants (especially cultivars of C. persicum) as they originate from cool, humid environments. They bring long-lasting colour to a well-lit room of filtered light, especially in the winter months. Even when they are not flowering, the heart-shaped foliage is very attractive. All parts toxic if ingested.

Common problems

Cyclamens are very sensitive to temperature. Be sure to keep them in the ideal temperature range. They also tend to be easily affected by fungal diseases. Be sure to keep the soil moist, but not constantly as root and tuber rot might occur.

Harvesting

Harvest seeds after flowering period (depending on species).

Propagation

Seed

Seeds should be sown fresh, when ripe. Sow to a depth of 0.5 cm and space them 25 to 30 cm apart.

Division

Divide offsets in the dormant period (summer), and plant the tuber just below the soil surface with the top of the tuber exposed.

Special Features

Pot plant

Great plant for any sized pot.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

As this plant prefers cooler temperatures, be sure the temperature does not exceed 23ºC or decrease below 3ºC.