Cyclamen hederifolium - Aiton.
Common Name Cyclamen, Alpine Violet, Persian Violet
Family Primulaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Poisonous.
Habitats Shady woodlands, usually on limestone[28, 31, 89].
Range S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

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Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid fall. Form: Rounded.

Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen, Alpine Violet, Persian Violet

Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen, Alpine Violet, Persian Violet
Physical Characteristics
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Cyclamen hederifolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 6-Oct It is in flower from Jul to November, and the seeds ripen from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

C. europaeum. Auct. C. neapolitanum.

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Homeopathy;  Purgative.

The fresh rootstock is a drastic purgative. It should be used with extreme caution[4, 21, 46]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh root[4]. It is applied externally to the bowels to cause purging[4].


Other Uses
Plants can be used as a ground cover, though they will need to be given a mulch of leaf mould in order to keep the weeds at bay when they are dormant in the summer[208].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Rock garden. Prefers a cool habitat and a well-drained humus rich soil[13]. Easily grown in a stony leafy soil in sun or shade[90]. Thrives in the light shade of trees. Tolerates a pH between 5.5 and 8[200]. This species is hardy to about -18°c[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Suitable for cut flowers.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[133, 134]. Fresh seed germinates in 3 - 6 weeks[133]. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours in warm water, sow shallowly and keep in a shady position at 15°c[124]. Germination may be slow and erratic[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in April/May. Very easy, the larger tubers can be planted out straight into their permanent positions whilst it is best to pot up the smaller ones and grow them on for a season before planting them out.
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Christy Smith   Sun May 27 2007
hello my name is christy my sister got a cyclamen as a get well i love you gift from hre husband and i was trying to see how to trans plant it and keek it growing , and hoe to get more form the same plant .like with spider plants you put .the piece in a glass of water and let it get a root . my quistion is with the cyclamen doyou do just take the piece that bracks off and put in potting soil and what and see or just toss. i am very interasted in this so ithank you fro tour time and udertsnading. yours not normaly a green thume Christy -smith e-mail address [email protected]
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