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Cyclamen graecum

Greek cyclamen

C. graecum is a cormous perennial with long, fleshy roots and heart-shaped dark green leaves, variably marked with silver and pale green. The flowers, which appear in autumn just before the leaves, vary from pale to dark pink, with a magenta blotch at the base of each petal

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring
Summer
Autumn Pink Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Potentially harmful
May cause severe discomfort if eaten. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Greece, Cyprus, Turkey

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How to grow

Cultivation

Best grown in an unheated greenhouse in bright, filtered light. Use a container deep enough for the fleshy roots, planting the tubers just at the surface in a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould, peat substitute and sharp sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in darkness as soon as ripe. Can be beneficial to soak seed for 10 hours prior to sowing

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be troubled by cyclamen mite, glasshouse red spider mite, mice and vine weevil

Diseases

Grey moulds can be a problem

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