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Cyclamen cilicium (Cilician Cyclamen)

Cilician Cyclamen, Hardy Cyclamen, Turkish Hardy Cyclamen, Sowbread, Persian Violet


Award-winning Cyclamen cicilium (Cicilian Cyclamen) is a lovely fall-flowering bulb with delicate flowers, in shade of white or rosy-pink, 1 in. wide (2-3 cm), with reflexed, twisted petals marked with a magenta blotch at their mouth. Appearing at the same time as the foliage, their cheerful blooms, slightly honey-scented, generally last for several weeks. They rise elegantly above the decorative foliage which consists of broad, heart-shaped, mid green leaves adorned with pretty silver patterns, that usually remain attractive throughout the winter.

  • Growing up to 3-6 inches tall and wide (7-15 cm), this species is quite hardy and will survive very low temperatures. Although, it should be noted it is not as hardy as Cyclamen Hederifolium, Cyclamen coum or Cyclamen Purpurascens. It will self-seed and naturalize, creating a small colony over time.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Easily grown in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils in part shade. Low maintenance, it doesn't need weeding or deadheading! Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when leaves wither.
  • Best planted en masse in front of shrubs, around trees, mixed borders and in rock gardens. Also great in containers.
  • Disease free. Watch for mice or squirrels, vine weevil.
  • Propagate by seed. Seeds should be soaked for 12 hours before planting. Plant tubers in very early fall.
  • Cyclamen are low-growing tuberous perennials with delicate, winged 'butterfly' flowers in shades of pink to white, and dark green leaves that are beautifully shaped like ivy and marked with a lovely silver. Some species flower early in the year while others wait until late Summer, sending up successive waves of attractive blooms into early fall. Easy to grow, there are about 20 species of cyclamen and most all of them are native to the Mediterranean.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Cyclamen
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 7" – 8" (17cm – 20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Depth 1" (2cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Cyclamen
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 7" – 8" (17cm – 20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Depth 1" (2cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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