Purple cyclamen, Cyclamen purpurascens

Cyclamen purpurascens is a flowering plant from the Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly referred to as the Alpine cyclamen, European cyclamen, or Purple cyclamen.

C. purpurascens is a tuberous plant.  A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. The plant’s flowers and leaves come from buds at the top of the tuber. Roots emerge from the sides and bottom

C. purpurascens has kidney or heart-shaped leaves. The edge of the leaf may be smooth or lightly toothed. Leaf color varies between green and silver, although the most common appearance is green with light green to silver marbling that lightly follows the outline of the leaf. The under surface is a reddish purple. Its flowers have a light, sweet fragrance. They vary in color from pale rose-pink to purple and are .67 to .98 inches long. The petals are elliptical and twisted.

C. purpurascens is indigenous to Central Europe, northern Italy, and Slovenia. It grows in woodland areas, among beeches and over limestone. It has also been introduced in mountainous parts of Romania and western Russia.

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