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Cyclamen purpurascens
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Mediterranean Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen

One of the easiest and showiest Cyclamen species for the garden, the hederifolium have marbled foliage and dramatic blossoms that make an inviting ground-level attraction beneath a mature deciduous tree. After pointed buds rise from established tubers, glorious blooms composed of five reflexing petals emerge. As the downward-facing flowers fade and seeds form, spent stems spiral earthward, thus earning its Greek derivation from cyclo or circle.

Clusters of overlapping, 4 to 6 in. heart-shaped lustrous leaves, each intricately etched with pewter, persist all winter, dying back in late spring. Provide the following cultural requirements: good drainage, protection from the sun, a lime amendment, minimal summer water, and a deep planting where winters are cold; you’ll be rewarded with a happy stand of these garden gems.

Cyclamen purpurascens partial shade

Prized for its fragrant dark purplish pink flowers, this variable widely dispersed European denizen hosts a gleaming bed of round silver patterned leaves with violet-imbued undersides. Cyclamen purpurascens adores moderately moist well-drained sites plus deciduous leaf litter, especially from Beech trees, and imparts endearing summer color to a woodland setting.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2"–4" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Cyclamen purpurascens (P-1877)
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