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 Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Ground Covers,
Indoor Plant
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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