Cyclamen hederifolium is one of my favourite plants and when I was packing plants to bring with me to Ireland, they were my priority. Most were seedlings I dug up past autumn and I made sure that most were silver leaved forms, with either pink or white flowers. I must admit that I am always half horrified when the first flowers appear each August because it means an end to summer. Also, I am not sure that I don’t like the foliage more than the flowers. Not only does the shape vary, though angular lobes are common, but the patterns are infinite. Every one is beautiful.
This species is easy to grow in most gardens and tolerates dry soils and quite deep shade. It is completely hardy and the foliage appears in September, either with or after the flowers and remains green throughout winter. The traditional way to plant it is with ground cover ivy but it deserves finer companions.
I also sowed some seeds from the Alpine Garden Society and, as expected since these were not sown till receipt in January, they did not germinate. Some started to grow a few months ago but today I saw that a few more have appeared. It is amazing that these trays made it intact on the journey and then finally grew.
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