Cyclamen persicum var. persicum
FRAGRANT PERSIAN CYCLAMEN
All the species cyclamen are enchanting to have, but Cyclamen persicum var. persicum is very special. Because the fragrance is so bewitching.
Plus the blooms are long winged and very showy with twisting petals, and on display for months over winter. Plus the leaves are delightfully patterned with silver lace markings.
Enchantingly fragrant & showy flowers
The sight of a patch of Cyclamen persicum var. persicum in flower will gladden any winter heart.
With a mass of blooms like a flock of long winged butterflies come to ground.
Such a winter treat
Flowers range in colour from white, through palest pink, to rich rose pink and magenta.
With each bloom smiling cheerily with a pink, magenta or purple mouth.
Silver laced foliage
Cyclamen persicum var. persicum also dazzles with a display of silver laced foliage from autumn until mid-spring.
With each plant flaunting it’s own individual pattern of silver, grey and green.
Brightens up even the gloomiest garden shade
So the Fragrant Persian Cyclamen brightens up some the gloomiest shaded parts of the garden all over winter. With bright flowers, delicious fragrance, and beautiful leaves.
Perfect for gardeners with limited summer water
Then the whole outfit disappears away to the corm, to wait out the heat and dry of summer, until coming back on duty with those lovely silver laced leaves next autumn, plus fragrant flowers right through winter.
So it makes a perfect groundcover plant for gardeners with limited supplies of water in summer and shaded areas under trees and shrubs.
Because it is native to Algeria, Greece and Turkey, it is so very well adapted to hot, dry summer climates.
Decorates under trees & shrubs for months
Plant in Shade under trees and shrubs.
Where Cyclemen persicum var. persicum is highly valued as a ground cover.
Because of its ability to tolerate long dry summers.
And because it happily self seeds new corms each year, to colonize the dry shade with an ever increasing carpet.
15cm. High in fragrant blooms x 15cm Wide of silver spangled foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Cyclamen persicum var. persicum seeds are best sown late autumn or winter.
First soak seeds in warm water with a little detergent for 24 hours, then rinse thoroughly in fresh water before sowing.
Now sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then lightly cover the seeds with sieved mix or fine gravel to a depth equal to the diameter of the seeds.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath, so the moisture percolates up to the surface from below.
Then cover the punnet with a dark lid, such as a piece of cardboard or black plastic.
Cyclamen seeds germinate better in the dark.
Continue to keep moist & dark at approx. 16C. for rapid germination.
Most seed should germinate in 28-42 days, but some may be longer so do not discard punnet.
It is a natural process for the seed to germinate at different times, as a cunning trick by the plant to give the seed a sporting chance to germinate into a good period of weather.
SEED COUNT: 5 seeds per pack (Seed of this beautiful variety is very limited this year).
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