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Cyclamen purpurascens


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, Lilac, Mauve


Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

This hardy cyclamen has attractive heart-shaped foliage, that can be plain green or have silvery markings. Unlike most cyclamen the foliage does not die down. The flowers vary in colour from pale pink to deep carmine and have a rich scent. It will thrive in dappled shade and is useful for planting underneath deciduous trees and shrubs where it will enjoy the humus rich soil conditions. Plants take a season or two to grow if planted as dry bulbs, and they are better introduced in the green, as growing plants bought in pots.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Cyclamen

Species: purpurascens

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink, Lilac, Mauve

Foliage colour: Dark green, Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: September to October

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