Baby cyclamen Cyclamen hederifolium Photo/Illustration: Susan Roth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Related Plants to Cyclamen hederifolium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Stonecrop Sedum cauticola 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Fumewort Corydalis solida 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Meadow clary Salvia pratensis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium graminoides View the discussion thread.