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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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


    Family

    Primulaceae


    Also Known As

    Persian violet, sowbread


    Type of Plant

    Bulbs Bulbs

    Seasons

    Fall Fall
    Winter Winter

    Specifications

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

    Uses

  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade
    Part Sun Part Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Western Asia, southern Europe


    History

    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

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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