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CYCLAMEN persicum (SIERRA™ SERIES)

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Family

Primulaceae

Botanical Name

CYCLAMEN persicum( SIERRA™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Florist's Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen, Sierra™ Cyclamen

General Description

Cyclamens in the Sierra Series bear masses of colorful blooms on "standard-sized" plants. These seed-propagated F1 hybrids were selected and bred for production and sale as seasonal container plants. Like other florist's cyclamens they derive from Cyclamen persicum, a tender tuberous perennial from the eastern Mediterranean.

Sierra Series cyclamens form uniform mounds of handsome, heart-shaped, silver-mottled leaves that expand in fall or early winter. Nodding flowers with five backswept, upright petals are individually borne on 12-inch (30-cm) stems in fall, winter, or spring. Cultivars in this series bear weakly scented purple, red, pink, mauve, or white blooms. Some Sierra cultivars have a contrasting eye-mark at the base of each petal. Plants die back to a rounded tuber in late spring.

Florist's cyclamens thrive in bright filtered light; a well-drained, humus-rich soil or mix; cool moist winters; and mild dry summers. They make ideal houseplants for cool sunny rooms and windowsills. Cyclamen persicum also takes well to the garden where conditions are suitable. Taller cultivars (such as those in the Sierra Series) are excellent for cutting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Fall, Winter

  • Native To

    Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Purple, Pink, Light Pink, Hot Pink, Magenta, Fuchsia, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes