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Cyclamen hederifolium - Aiton.

Common Name Cyclamen, Alpine Violet, Persian Violet
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Poisonous.
Habitats Shady woodlands, usually on limestone[28, 31, 89].
Range S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].
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Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen, Alpine Violet, Persian Violet


Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen, Alpine Violet, Persian Violet

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid fall. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Cyclamen hederifolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf from October to June, in flower from July to November, and the seeds ripen from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

C. europaeum. Auct. C. neapolitanum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Homeopathy  Purgative

The fresh rootstock is a drastic purgative. It should be used with extreme caution[4, 21, 46]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh root[4]. It is applied externally to the bowels to cause purging[4].

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Other Uses

Plants can be used as a ground cover, though they will need to be given a mulch of leaf mould in order to keep the weeds at bay when they are dormant in the summer[208].

Special Uses

Ground cover

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Rock garden. Prefers a cool habitat and a well-drained humus rich soil[13]. Easily grown in a stony leafy soil in sun or shade[90]. Thrives in the light shade of trees. Tolerates a pH between 5.5 and 8[200]. This species is hardy to about -18°c[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[133, 134]. Fresh seed germinates in 3 - 6 weeks[133]. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours in warm water, sow shallowly and keep in a shady position at 15°c[124]. Germination may be slow and erratic[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in April/May. Very easy, the larger tubers can be planted out straight into their permanent positions whilst it is best to pot up the smaller ones and grow them on for a season before planting them out.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Christy Smith   Sun May 27 2007

hello my name is christy my sister got a cyclamen as a get well i love you gift from hre husband and i was trying to see how to trans plant it and keek it growing , and hoe to get more form the same plant .like with spider plants you put .the piece in a glass of water and let it get a root . my quistion is with the cyclamen doyou do just take the piece that bracks off and put in potting soil and what and see or just toss. i am very interasted in this so ithank you fro tour time and udertsnading. yours not normaly a green thume Christy -smith e-mail address flutterbygal63@hotmail.com

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