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Cyclamen hederifolium

Hardy cyclamen

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (56627)

Plant details

With attractive marbled leaves for at least nine months of the year, and a fine display of pale- to deep-pink, delicate blooms pirouetting gracefully on slender stalks through the autumn months, cyclamen is one of the most popular woodland shade plants. The first blooms usually appear before the leaves start to come through in October and will quickly produce large colonies, useful for growing beneath trees. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Cyclamen

Species: hederifolium

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant: September to October


Reader reviews

steph*evo

great article. I've tried to grow before and the plants have always died. Will plant under my trees next time as they look such beautiful flowers to brighten up an Autumn day.


moonchild2

i bought 4 in autumn and have them in hanging baskets out front, they get the afternoon winter sun so when its time to replant in spring will they be better under the hedge where they will only get the morning sun as the summer approaches? by the afternoon they will be in the shade, this is where i had to put my bleeding hearts as i am fortunate to get sun most of the day except against the back wall of my bungalow which is concreted, the side of the house gets first sunlight then again the afternoon.



moonchild2

i bought 4 in autumn and have them in hanging baskets out front, they get the afternoon winter sun so when its time to replant in spring will they be better under the hedge where they will only get the morning sun as the summer approaches? by the afternoon they will be in the shade, this is where i had to put my bleeding hearts as i am fortunate to get sun most of the day except against the back wall of my bungalow which is concreted, the side of the house gets first sunlight then again the afternoon.



Julie R

I have these beautiful little cyclamen growing abundantly in my garden but I can't take credit for them as they were already in the garden when we bought the house. They seem to flourish in sun and shade and one area is extremely hot and dry but I guess they just like the soil.


gardeningfantic

i love these little fellas.. so bright and cheerfull.. my garden is full of htem as they self seed..my main one is now 20 years old and is huge corn.. i gather seed pods every year from them to grow and give to friends etc. thoug they take 2 years from seed to flowering. they love shade and need protection from heavy wind and rain.. so under trees hedges plants etc is fine.. message me if you would like some seeds next time i gather..


flowering rose

love these plants.I have just saved some from the supermarket a £1 for 8 reduced.They looked forlorn and abused (lacking water and to high temp)but now in the garden fantastic.look lovely under a tree.they are easy out doors but if you are thinking of keeping any indoors they need a cool room,water(not drown)and mist,on the whole keep outside.



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