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Photo by Orchi, Wikimedia.org.


Flowers by Ori Fragman-Sapir, Powo.science.kew.org.

Author: Philip Miller, 1768
Family:  PRIMULACEAE
Origin:   Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia (Romania , Russia)
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  10 Centimetres
Flower:   Deep Pink
Propagate: Seeds
Names:  Alpine Cyclamen, European Cyclamen, Purple Cyclamen
Synonyms:  Cyclamen purpurascens subsp. immaculatum, Halda & SojŠk.

This member of the Primulaceae family was given this name by Philip Miller in 1768. It is found in Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and has been introduced to Russia. It is growing in a rich soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to six centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to ten centimetres in height. The flowers are deep pink.

The genera name from Greek kyklos: 'circle' referring to the rounded tubers. The species name from the Latin verb purpurāscō; become purple.


The caudex by Erutuon, Wikimedia.org.