Botanical name: Cyclamen persicum Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Florist's Cyclamen is a perennial herb growing from a tuber. Flowers are generally white, sometimes a soft pink, or with a pink flush, with a deep pink or crimson-magenta zone at the base of each petal. Flowers have recurved petals, which look as if they have been turned "inside out" and occur at the top of succulent stems 20 cm long. Thick leaves are round to heart shaped with toothed margins and are dark green, marbled with silver. The genus is notable for the fact that although it is small, there are species which flower in every month of the year. Cyclamen persicum grows wild in south western Turkey, The Hatay and Adana Provinces of southern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, the Greek islands of Rhodes, Karpathos and Crete, Algeria and Tunisia.
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