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© Deeproot Plant Base
poisonous or irritant
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 9
Tuberous perennial with long fleshy roots. Heart-shaped, deep green leaves attractively marbled with silver and pale green. Pink to carmine-red flowers with darker markings at the mouths, produced in autumn just before the leaves. Dormant in summer.
May need some protection, best container grown in an alpine house or cool greenhouse. Free draining, humus rich soil. Water moderately when in growth, keep dry while dormant.
From Greece, the Aegean islands, Cyprus and Turkey.