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Cyclamen africanum

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember
  • Height0.1m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.25m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPink shades
  • Leaf ColourSilver green shades

Description

Cyclamen africanum. This species is a tuberous perennial the leaves are heart-shaped and medium to grey-green, The flowers are white to pale pink blooms with a strong fragrance they are borne in the spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Algeria

Interest and use

Grown for their pendant flowers, grow indoors or outdoors.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5-7C and will require humus-rich, well drained soil with sun or partial shade. If pot grown, in summer dry off tubers of all except C.purpurascens (which is evergreen and flowers in summer); repot in autumn and water to restart growth.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds, stem or root cuttings in late summer or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

C.persicum and its cultivars are susceptible to black root rot. Under glass red spider mites and grey mould.

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