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Cyclamen mirabile 'Alba'

A tuberous perennial, to around 10cm in height, with rounded dark green leaves, marbled with silvery grey, and with scalloped and toothed edges. Leaves are produced with or just after the flowers in autumn, and are scattered with pink hairs when opening, and are purplish beneath. Flowers are small, white and lightly scented, with swept back petals slightly fringed at the tips

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer
Autumn White Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Ornamental bulbs, not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling Pets: Ornamental bulbs, not to be eaten - see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants for further information and useful contact numbers
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

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 5cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Needs a dry site in summer, or grow under glass to protect from excessive summer moisture. See hardy cyclamen cultivation

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
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mice and squirrels

Diseases

May be susceptible to cyclamen grey mould, particularly when grown under glass

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