Cyclamen cilicium

("Persian violet / Sowbread / Primrose")

Cyclamen cilicium

Long-lasting flowers throughout the Fall. They have a faint odor of honey. Oval to heart-shaped foliage that has a cloudy mottling surrounding an ivy-leaf pattern.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Early - Late Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?

Very Early Fall

What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Shade or partial shade full shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Faded rosy-pink

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

8 in / 20 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

1 in / 3 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

4-5 in / 10-12 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In front of shrubs, around trees, mixed borders and in rock gardens.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Album' (white).

About the Family

Cyclamen Family

There are about 20 species of cyclamen and most all of them are native to the Mediterranean. The word cyclamen comes from the Greek word 'kyklamenos' which means 'circle form' a perfect description of the cyclamen corm. They have been in cultivation since Plato times, several hundred years B.C.

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