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Cyclamen hederifolium AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

ivy-leaved cyclamen

Family

Primulaceae


Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

C. hederifolium is a perennial to 12cm, with somewhat ivy-shaped leaves patterned with silvery-green, and pink, sometimes fragrant, flowers 2.5cm in width, darker around the mouth, opening before or with the leaves

Other common names

  • ivy-leaved cyclamen
  • Neapolitan cyclamen
  • sowbread

Synonym(s)

  • Cyclamen neapolitanum

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant 5cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when leaves wither

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in darkness as soon as ripe. Can be beneficial to soak seed for 10 hours prior to sowing

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Mice and squirrels may be a problem; vine weevil can attack pot-grown plants

Diseases

Generally disease free outdoors