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Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cyclamen persicum

Other names

Persian cyclamen, Miniature cyclamen

Genus

Cyclamen Cyclamen

Species

C. persicum - C. persicum is a tender, clump-forming, tuberous, herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped, silver-marbled, dark green leaves and, from early winter into spring, slender, erect stems bearing fragrant, white to pale pink flowers with reflexed petals.


Cyclamen persicum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers may be fragrant.

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Flower

White, Pale-pink in Spring; White, Pale-pink in Winter

Foliage

Silvery-grey, Green in Spring; Silvery-grey, Green in Autumn; Silvery-grey, Green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Mice , Squirrels , Vine weevil Glasshouse red spider mite , Mice , Squirrels , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease free except under glass.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation

Sow seed in darkness as soon as ripe at 12-15C. Seeds must be soaked for at least 10 hours prior to sowing.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grow indoors or under glass in loam-based compost in bright filtered light & moderate humidity. Plant with tops of tubers just above soil surface. In growth, water moderately & feed fortnightly. Keep dry when dormant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Cyclamen persicum

Other names

Persian cyclamen, Miniature cyclamen

Genus

Cyclamen Cyclamen

Species

C. persicum - C. persicum is a tender, clump-forming, tuberous, herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped, silver-marbled, dark green leaves and, from early winter into spring, slender, erect stems bearing fragrant, white to pale pink flowers with reflexed petals.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers may be fragrant.

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

White, Pale-pink in Spring; White, Pale-pink in Winter

Foliage

Silvery-grey, Green in Spring; Silvery-grey, Green in Autumn; Silvery-grey, Green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Mice , Squirrels , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease free except under glass.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation

Sow seed in darkness as soon as ripe at 12-15C. Seeds must be soaked for at least 10 hours prior to sowing.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grow indoors or under glass in loam-based compost in bright filtered light & moderate humidity. Plant with tops of tubers just above soil surface. In growth, water moderately & feed fortnightly. Keep dry when dormant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cyclamen persicum (Persian cyclamen)

Common pest name

Omnivorous leafroller

Scientific pest name

Platynota stultana

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pest which could be potentially damaging to a range of crops if introduced to the UK. Awareness raising amongst the industry is needed. Also need to monitor developments in Spain where the pest is already present and consider whether EU regulation is warranted.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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