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PlantFiles: Cyclamen, Hardy Cyclamen
Cyclamen mirabile

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Cyclamen (SIGH-kla-men) (Info)
Species: mirabile (mih-RAB-ih-ley) (Info)

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral distantkin On Feb 9, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Seeds are very difficult to germinate. Plant is much like the African Violet, likes to watered from the bottom. A very temperamental plant, but beautiful.

Positive Howard_C On Sep 21, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

Cyclamen mirabile is so called because of the reddish colour of the young leaves of some plants - but not mine! I started it from seed obtained from The Cyclamen Society's seed distribution (the best source of species cyclamen seeds) in 1982; it didn't flower until 1989, but had attractive leaves meanwhile. Since then it has flowered every year but one, when it took a whole year off (1991-2 - no leaves or flowers - cyclamen sometimes do this!). The picture I'm submitting was taken in October 2003 when it was 21 years old. I don't think it is likely to be hardy outside here in Newfoundland (Canadian zone 5b), but it has done well in an unheated cold frame against the south side of my house where it catches the winter sun when it isn't buried in snow! In the wild it is found in SW Anatolia, Turkey, and has a more restricted distribution than some of the other species.

Positive sonygurl On Jun 9, 2003, sonygurl from Ellinwood, KS wrote:

I recieved this plant as a get well gift. It was in a cute pot but didn't look real good soon after I got it home. I read that it would thrive if I planted it near a cedar tree. I don't have any trees in my yard, so I took a chance and planted it outside in a shady spot. For a few days I was sure it was going to die. It looked awful. But much to my surprise the flowers turned a darker pink and it pulled through. The temperature here has been cooler than normal and we've had a lot of rain. I'm not sure how well it will do when we return to our typical Kansas heat. For now, I'm thouroughly enjoying the ever blooming dark pink flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oracle, Arizona
Ellinwood, Kansas
Belle Rose, Louisiana
Lewiston, Maine
Fircrest, Washington

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