Common name: False Iberian cyclamen, Cyclamen pseudoibericum
Plant Classification: Hardy perennial
Minimum Height: 10 cm
Maximum Height: 15 cm
Packet Content(approx.): 10
Native to the Turkish mountains, this small plant is similar to Cyclamen coum, but has longer petals. The spring-blooming flowers have five reflexed, up-swept petals, and are fragrant and magenta-purple or pink, and have a darker blotch and a white zone at the end of the nose and is hardy to -15 C. In the UK it is usually grown in pots but will grow in sheltered spots outside. It has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Sowing advice: Seeds should be sown at any time, and as soon as possible after you have received them. Sow the seeds thinly onto a gritty, loamy compost and cover about 6mm or 1/4 inch deep as light can inhibit germination. Keep at between 10 and 15 degrees C. Germination can take from one to twelve months and is generally erratic, a strategy that has evolved to protect the strain in the wild. Pot on into a low-organic content compost.
It has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit