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Small pinkish-white flowers emerge from corms in September, followed by mottled green and silver ivy-shaped leaves, adding an unexpected touch of color to the fall woodland garden.

Latin Name

Cyclamen hederifolium



Also Known As

Persian violet, sowbread

Type of Plant

Bulbs Bulbs


Fall Fall
Winter Winter


Max height Max Height: 0.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade
    Part Sun Part Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Western Asia, southern Europe


    While we have very few records of plants Washington was growing in his Upper Garden, by the end of the eighteenth century cyclamen were being planted in other gardens in Virginia, such as Lady Jean Skipwith’s garden at Prestwould Plantation in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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