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Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Varying shades of colour with deep maroon marks at the mouth
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial
Tuberous perennial with large, flat tubers. Very variable triangular to heart-shaped, pointed, patterned, mid- to dark green leaves 5-15cm (2-6in) long. Produces flowers to 2.5cm (1in) long in shades of pink with deep maroon marks at the mouth
Hardy - cold winter Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Good to know - self-seeds freely and is very tolerant of dry shade. Leaves last through winter to spring.
Pests & Diseases
mice and squirrels. Vine weevil, cyclamen mite, grey mould.
Place of origin
Mediterranean. Italy to Turkey
Rockery (inc alpine)
Scented flowers - sometimes scented.
Fertile well drained soil - moderately fertile. Humus-rich. Mulch annually with leaf mould.