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Cyclamen libanoticum

Lebanon cyclamen

C. libanoticum is a tuberous perennial bearing rounded to heart-shaped, dull green leaves, with paler green markings in winter. From winter to early spring, pale to mid pink flowers, with white bases and bold red markings at the mouths, are borne with the leaves

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer
Autumn
Winter Pink Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–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
All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested. 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
Syria, Lebanon

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a cool greenhouse in bright filtered light, in containers of loam-based compost (JI No2), water moderately in full leaf and use a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser, reduce water as leaves wither after flowering. Keep dry when dormant then resume watering and feeding as new growth appears. Repot when tubers fill their container

Propagation

Propagate by seed, as for hardy cyclamen

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

No pruning required, tidy old leaves and flowers

Pests

Mice, vine weevil and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem

Diseases

Grey moulds (botrytis) may be a problem under glass

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