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Baby cyclamen

Cyclamen hederifolium

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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 CharacteristicsA common houseplant, this hardy species is phenomenal when planted outdoors.

CareGrow 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.

PropagationSow 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.

ProblemsMice or squirrels may be a problem. Prone to spider mites, vine weevil, cyclamen mite, and gray mold (Botrytis) under glass.

  • Genus : Cyclamen
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Late Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
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