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Cyclamen pseudibericum
  • RHS AGM

false Iberian cyclamen

A tuberous perennial to 12cm in height, with broadly heart-shaped, grey-marbled leaves reddish beneath and fragrant, bright magenta-pink flowers 2.5cm in width in winter and spring

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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
Winter Pink
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
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
S Asia Minor

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 2cm deep or with the tops of the tubers just at the soil surface. Can be grown indoors in containers of an equal mix of loam, leaf mould, peat and sharp sand. Keep completely dry in dormancy. See hardy cyclamen cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed, in darkness as soon as ripe at 6 to 12°C. Can be beneficial to soak seed for 10 hours prior to sowing

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Rock garden
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Mice and squirrels may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free except under glass

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