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CYCLAMEN persicum (SIERRA SYNCHRO™ SERIES)

Image of Cyclamen persicum (SIERRA SYNCHRO™ SERIES)

Family

Primulaceae

Botanical Name

CYCLAMEN persicum( SIERRA SYNCHRO™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Florist's Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen, Sierra Synchro™ Series

Special Notice

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General Description

A familiar sight on the shelves of supermarkets and florist shops, this tender herbaceous perennial is native to the eastern Mediterranean. The rounded, heart-shaped leaves, which are sometimes strikingly marbled with silvery or pewter mottling, emerge in fall and are attractive well into spring. Purple, mauve, pink, or white flowers - with backswept, shooting-star petals - appear from late fall to early spring. They are often fragrant. The plant dies back to a rounded tuber in late spring. Many cultivars are available, most of them developed for the florists' trade.

Potted plants do best in bright filtered light and cool temperatures. Use a coarse potting mix with a high organic content, kept well watered in winter and nearly dry in summer. In areas where florists' cyclamen is hardy, plant it under deciduous trees, or in other sites that offer bright light in winter and dryish conditions during its summer dormant season. Well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acid to slightly alkaline soil works best.

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

  • Height

    4"-12" / 10.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Summer, Late Fall, Winter

  • Native To

    Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • 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, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes