Cyclamen colchicum is, at first glance, superficially similar to Cyclamen purpurascens, but the leaves have a thicker, far more leathery texture with deeply sunk veins and thickened margins, which are prominently set with fine teeth. As a rule the leaves of Cyclamen colchicum are less patterned. The differences are immediately obvious when you see the plants.
Both the flowers and the seed pods are a little smaller, on average, than purpurascens and more rounded towards the mouth. The sweetly scented, early-autumnal flowers are of similar shades of carmine pink and purple in both. This starts into flower at the beginning of June. It does not stop until the beginning of October!
In cultivation it responds well to a sandy, leaf-rich soil in shade. Lime is neither detrimental nor beneficial, despite its need for the drainage and conditions which occur over limestone in the wild it does not actually require the limestone, just the habitat, drainage and conditions.
Cyclamen colchicum is found only in a limited region of Adjaria, Georgia where it grows in shaded woodland over dolomite limestone at 300-800m altitude. This isolated population is separated from Cyclamen purpurascens by almost 2,000Km.
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