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Cyclamen (Hardy Cyclamen)
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Including Cyclamen coum, Cyclamen hederifolium, and Cyclamen purpurascens

Cyclamen

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Cyclamen

Hardy Cyclamen

One of the easiest and showiest Cyclamen species for the garden, the hederifolium have marbled foliage and dramatic blossoms that make an inviting ground-level attraction beneath a mature deciduous tree. After pointed buds rise from established tubers, glorious blooms composed of five reflexing petals emerge. As the downward-facing flowers fade and seeds form, spent stems spiral earthward, thus earning its Greek derivation from cyclo or circle.

Clusters of overlapping, 4 to 6 in. heart-shaped lustrous leaves, each intricately etched with pewter, persist all winter, dying back in late spring. Provide the following cultural requirements: good drainage, protection from the sun, a lime amendment, minimal summer water, and a deep planting where winters are cold; you’ll be rewarded with a happy stand of these garden gems.

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Cyclamen coum  partial shade
Cyclamen coum

A joy in their own right, copious rounded shiny dark green leaves embellished with intricate silver markings make a lovely fall and wintertime display. Lolling on slender stems, a colorful flood of enchanting blooms ranging from soft pinks to rich carmine shades add further enticements. This long-lived AGM winning perennial is undaunted by dry shade, appreciates an annual mulch and spreads slowly to form a substantial clump.

Blooms February–March.

Size: 6"–8" high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Cyclamen coum (P-1488)
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Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Rose Pearls’  partial shade

Fanciful, pretty-in-pink flowers dress up this Cyclamen’s marbled, glistening greenery. Interplant ‘Rose Pearls’ with the white blooming Cyclamen hederifolium and a marvelous autumn vignette is yours for the viewing.

Blooms October–November.

Size: 6"–8" high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Rose Pearls’ (P-1207)
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Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Silver Leaf Pink’  partial shade

With dainty pink blooms poised above, a silver effulgence splashes across the surface of each polished, prominently veined leaf in a unique fashion, sometimes concealing any sign of greenery, while rich wine hues warm the undersides. Place ‘Silver Leaf Pink’ beneath Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’ to enhance the elegant frosty display.

Blooms January–February.

Size: 6"–8" high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Cyclamen hederifolium ‘Silver Leaf Pink’ (P-1559)
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Cyclamen hederifolium ‘White Pearls’  partial shade
Cyclamen hederifolium White Pearls Cyclamen hederifolium White Pearls

The pristine white nodding flowers gracing this hederifolium cultivar show like comets against the deep green and very decoratively patterned foliage. ‘White Pearls’ serves as a clean and classy understory for Carpenteria ‘Elizabeth’

Blooms October–November.

Size: 6"–8" high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 5.


Cyclamen hederifolium ‘White Pearls’ (P-1206)
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Cyclamen purpurascens  partial shade  new plant
Mediterranean Cyclamen

Prized for its fragrant dark purplish pink flowers, this variable widely dispersed European denizen hosts a gleaming bed of round silver patterned leaves with violet-imbued undersides. Cyclamen purpurascens adores moderately moist well-drained sites plus deciduous leaf litter, especially from Beech trees, and imparts endearing summer color to a woodland setting.

Blooms June-September

Size: 2'–4' high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Cyclamen purpurascens (P-1877)
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