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Cyclamen hederifolium (Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen)

Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen, Neapolitan Cyclamen, Sowbread, Cyclamen neapolitanum


Popping up in the fall garden when most plants have finished blooming, award-winning Cyclamen hederifolium is a perennial plant which creates a captivating sight when massed. Opening before or with the leaves, elegant nodding flowers, in shades of rich magenta to white, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), rise above the foliage in late summer to mid fall. Sometimes fragrant, they are borne on 4-6 in. stems (10-15 cm) and feature gracefully, upswept petals, darker around the mouth. Equally decorative is the variegated foliage of large, ivy-shaped leaves, in shades of green, gray, pewter or silver. Long-lasting, it creates an almost evergreen groundcover and adds color and beauty to the garden during the winter months and well into spring.

Native to the Mediterranean region, Cyclamen hederifolium is the hardiest, most robust and easiest Cyclamen to grow. Produced from a tuber, it is long-lived and truly bejewels the fall garden.

  • Growing up to 4-6 inches tall (10-15 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm), it will self-seed and naturalize freely if left undisturbed.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Easily grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerant of all average garden soils, this Cyclamen can also grow in areas with more sun. Cover the plants with mulch when the leaves wither. Do not water excessively in the summer (dormant period) to avoid rot problems.
  • Deer, drought and dry soil tolerant
  • Low maintenance, it doesn't need weeding or deadheading!
  • Best planted en masse in front of shrubs, around trees, in rock gardens. Also great in woodlands or containers.
  • Watch for mice and squirrels.
  • Propagate by seed, sown in darkness as soon as ripe. Can be beneficial to soak seed for 10 hours prior to sowing.

Cyclamen are low-growing tuberous perennials with delicate, winged 'butterfly' flowers in shades of pink to white, and dark green leaves that are beautifully shaped like ivy and marked with a lovely silver. Some species flower early in the year, while others wait until late summer, sending up successive waves of attractive blooms into early fall. Easy to grow, there are about 20 species of cyclamen and most all of them are native to the Mediterranean.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Cyclamen
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Cyclamen
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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