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