Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Light Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pink Purple
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Deciduous Silver/Gray Smooth-Textured
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Flowers are fragrant
Soil pH requirements: 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
On Aug 17, 2012, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:
Two winters ago (2010-11) I bought about 150 Cyclamen purpurascens seeds, some with regular leaf patterns, and some with Christmas-tree patterns and silver, from Jan Bravenboer. (I also ordered Cyclamen coum seeds at the same time.) I sowed them in several pots, and placed them outside for the winter, since I assumed they required winter cold in order to germinate. Since then I've heard that they only require darkness, so perhaps I'll try that next time. It would maybe allow them to bloom quicker after germination.
They germinated the following spring and summer. Over this past winter (2011-12) they stayed indoors under lights. This summer, two of them are in bloom and probably have tubers at least an inch wide. Others are a variety of sizes, and are not yet in bloom.
The flowers are fragrant, similar to the indoor type of cyclamen, but a little less soapy and intense. Most of the leaves have unremarkable patterns, but four look interesting, with a larger area of silver or extra distinction between green and silver areas.
Cyclamen purpurascens is grown by Betty Ann Addison of Gardens of Rice Creek (formerly Rice Creek Gardens), who has found it to be consistently hardy, unlike Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen coum. She has several plants in various areas of her gardens.
On Jun 25, 2011, BrendaLeigh from Seguin, TX wrote:
I have been growing a cyclamen in a container inside, next to
a window, and it blooms all year long. However recently it has been covered with something like dandruff. Little white
spots or flecks that are very sticky. I failed to water it soon
enough and the leaves all turned yellow and when i went to remove them they were very sticky and yucky. I have been growing it for several years in the same container.
On Sep 19, 2009, the1pony from (Pony) Lakewood, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
These are utterly charming little plants. They are brilliant in rockeries, you can just tuck them in anywhere and they'll send leaves and flowers out through the cracks. They spread slowly but surely, and squirrels will often dig around them to get the babies, which they then bury and forget. So don't be surprised when they show up elsewhere in the garden. ;)
On Aug 13, 2004, shortcm from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:
My love of indoor cyclamen prompted me to order these from a catalog several years ago. They are thriving in my "overlooked" full-shade garden; spreading. They bloom after the Hosta and Heuchera have vanished.
My only tending is to pull out the violets which try to take back the garden.
On Aug 11, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:
St John's, Newfoundland is just on the border of hardy cyclamen territory (Canadian zone 5b), but I have found four species that survive outside given the right site. C. purpurascens is the best of these in that it is the only one that self seeds, the others may germinate, but the seedlings seem to fail to get through their first winter outside. Seedlings of C. purpurascens can pop up some way from the original plants: they are spread by ants who like the sugary coating.
It flowers with us from late July until the end of September, and is essentially evergreen: the new leaves appear with the flowers just as the old ones are fading. (The pictures I've submitted were taken on August 10th 2004.) The flowers are faintly scented and generally a deep reddish purple, but paler forms occur.
Oddly, although it is considered difficult elsewhere, I've found this species survives in a variety of sites, although generally in rich, well drained soil. Its main enemy here is the vine weavil, whose larvae eat the roots and cause the corms to rot.
A tuberous, summer flowering, Cyclamen from Eastern and Central Europe. It is increasingly rare to find in the wild and in the catalogues so make sure the nursery is a reputable one which doesn't wild collect.
This plant is an evergreen or sometimes deciduous variable plant, loved by pigs, and will cause severe discomfort if any part of the plant (not the pig) is digested.
Has heart shaped or rounded, dark green leaves, sometimes mottled with silvery patterns. Bears strongly scented (honeyish), pinkish-red or purple flowers with fully reflexed petals carried singularly on reddish stalks which appear while the plant is in leaf. The flowers stalks coil like a spring as the fruit develops to bring it to soil level.
Likes an alkaline, well drained soil in partial shade, tree or shrub shade is best. While the corms mustn't be in wet soils, this particular species won't forgive you if they are allowed to dry out (which I learnt through bitter experience) so mulch with leaf mold when corms are in dormancy, over winter.
You may not suffer a problem with pigs digging them up these days but mice and squirrels love to eat them so keep an eye out. Slugs and snails don't seem to bother them at all but if they are too crowded in or under glass they can suffer from fungal diseases.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Talleyville, Delaware Minneapolis, Minnesota , New York Molalla, Oregon Austin, Texas New Berlin, Texas San Antonio, Texas Arlington, Virginia Bellevue, Washington Lakewood, Washington Seattle, Washington