Cyclamen hederifolium


Ivy-leaved Cyclamen

Also known as C. neapolitanum. Herbaceous perennial growing to 10cm high from a tuber that spreads up to 15cm wide. Leaves are heart-shaped, dentate and dark green, typically with light green markings. The pendant, white or pink flowers have five reflexed petals and occur on succulent stems in autumn. Some varieties have perfumed flowers.


Ornamental flower suitable for rockeries, garden beds and as a pot plant.


Suitable for full sun or part-shade in temperate climates. Prefers well-drained soil with a high organic content. Do not water when dormant during summer. If left undisturbed, tubers should produce more flowers each year. Propagate by seed in autumn.


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