More Information About Cyclamen
Cyclamen are tuberous winter-growing Mediterranean natives that are best known as difficult-to-keep-alive house plants (Cyclamen persicum). However, there are 23 species in the genus Cyclamen and several of them (e.g., Cyclamen hederifolium, and Cyclamen coum) make wonderful, easy to grow, winter-hardy specimens.
Cyclamen grow best if they can be kept dry in summer-rainfall climates. We find that our Cyclamen thrive near the base of a large tree or conifer where they get sun for part of the day but little moisture while they are summer dormant.
Cyclamen are small plants that can be best displayed in a rock garden or a spot where nothing else competes for space. Cyclamen leaves emerge in the fall and are the main ornamental feature. Cyclamen leaves are usually heart shaped and sport amazing silver variegation patterns that vary from individual to individual. Cyclamen typically flower over a two to three month period with bizarre little pink, purple, or white flowers. Since Cyclamen are so small, they only pair well with other small plants that will not overgrow or crowd them out like graptopetalum, dwarf hosta, and dwarf agave. When you are ready to buy hardy cyclamen for your garden, check out our online list of hardy cyclamen for sale.
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