Baby cyclamen

Cyclamen hederifolium

Photo/Illustration: 
Susan Roth
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Baby cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium)
SIK-lah-men hed-er-ih-FOE-lee-um
Synonyms:  Cyclamen neapolitanum
Genus:  Cyclamen
A fine plant for fall, this cyclamen's frequently scented, mottled flowers emerge directly from the soil, followed by a carpet of patterned, mid- to dark green leaves attractively variegated with patterns in white or silver. It often blooms for up to two months. Each small pink or white flower has swept-back petals resembling a dove in flight, marked with maroon at the mouth. It makes a good foliage display all winter after the flowers have faded.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  A common houseplant, this hardy species is phenomenal when planted outdoors.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Mulch annually with leaf mold as leaves wither, mulching deeper where marginally hardy. Do not overwater; the tubers prefer it dry when dormant. May take a few years to establish, but will eventually self-seed and become abundant.
Propagation:  Sow seed of open-pollinated cultivars in late summer to flower in about 14 months. Sow seed from other cultivars from late winter to mid-spring to flower in autumn of the same year.
Problems:  Mice or squirrels may be a problem. Prone to spider mites, vine weevil, cyclamen mite, and gray mold (Botrytis) under glass.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall,
Late Fall
Flower Color
Pink,
Purple,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Indoor Plant
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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