Cyclamen purpurascens

Rodger Whitlock
Tue, 19 Jul 2005 10:07:37 PDT
I grow many cyclamen species and at one time or another have
grown every species except C. somalense. Many of them thrive
with very little care in our climate, e.g. Cycleman
hederifolium, C. coum, C. repandum, C. libanoticum, and C.
pseudibericum. Even some rather tenderish species do pretty

Cyclamen purpurascens has, however, proved to be very difficult 
in this climate. I have read postings from Chicago-area 
pbs-listers describing how well it grows there and been very 

A year or two ago I got some C.p. seedlings going for the Nth
time, but when it came time to plant them out, I got smart and
put them on the north side of the house, in a spot heavily
shaded by other plants. This is in one of the few beds I give
regular summer water. [Irregular or sporadic would be a more
accurate description of my watering habits.]

Lo and behold! this year I have flowers on my C.p. Good 
heavens! Will wonders never cease?

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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