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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Leaves: Variegated
Flowers: Showy
Other: Some forms are fragrant.
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Red
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Suitable for miniature gardens
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn SmithGarden Tours: Valleylynn, Lynn Smith
By Sharon on November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Location: My gardenDate: October 21, 2015
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Location: My gardenDate: October 21, 2015
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Date: 2019-03-02
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2015-08-21
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Location: British ColumbiaDate: Oct 2013Lavender form and white form
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Location: UC Berkeley Botanical GardensDate: 2008-11-06
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Location: Mothers garden, London.Date: 2014-03-10
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-09-24
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 12th September 2008
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 12th September 2008
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2005-10-02
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2005-07-19
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2010-11-06After more than 10 years it is now a large plant.
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Location: Mothers garden, London.Date: 2014-02-27I love the bark of an Acer griseum amongst the masses of these st
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2005-07-23
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2010-09-08All these flowers are from one corm!
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2010-09-21This is interesting with darker streaks on the petals, one of two
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Location: Smith College Botanical Garden, z5, MADate: 2012-01-02Winter color
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Location: Mothers garden, London.Date: 2014-02-27Acer griseum,  carpeted by Cyclamen hederifolium of all colours.
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Location: Mothers garden, London.Date: 2014-02-27Acer griseum, Pieris formosa and Hyacinthoides non-scripta carpet
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Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
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Location: Botanical garden UG, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2015-08-31
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Comments:
Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Nov 12, 2011 4:39 PM

The name of the plant in my photos was originally C. hederifolium subsp. africanum. It was subsequently changed to C. africanum, and now it seems to have been merged into C. hederifolium. It differs from other C. hederifolium plants, however, because it's actually one of the least hardy Cyclamens, succumbing to frost in any zone lower than 9. It also differs from the usual C. hederifolium in habit: The leaves and flowers extend straight up from the tuber instead of outward.

Mine rarely has leaves when it's blooming. It's an either-or proposition with this plant.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 1, 2015 10:25 PM

I tried to grow ivy-leaved cyclamen outdoors, and it survived one winter, but another winter it died. It's not reliably hardy in Minnesota. So now I grow it in the basement under lights in the winter.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 16, 2016 9:32 PM

In the case of cyclamens, it's possible that hardiness zones don't tell the whole story. Parts of Minneapolis count as zone 5 because the minimum temperature reached in a given winter is on average -20 F, but unlike most zone 5 areas, average daily high temperatures are below freezing from December to February. I think the continuous freezing is probably the thing most damaging to cyclamens. Perhaps Cyclamen purpurascens is more reliably hardy in Minnesota because it is tolerant of continuous freezing (if it is shaded from the winter sun), while other species are very badly adapted to continuous freezing, and so they are frequently killed. However, this is just a theory. There haven't been any studies on cyclamen hardiness in continental climates.

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