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Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium
Beautiful groundcover in early spring
Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium
The greenest thing around in mid-January

Synonym(s) Cyclamen neapolitanum
Family myrsinaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4)
Flowers pink
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Native to a wide stretch of the Mediterranean, this is the hardiest of the commonly cultivated cyclamen species. We saw our first flowers in the autumn of their second year of life - simple elegance in pink, on a naked stalk (no leaves this time of year).

Cyclamen hederifolium
Cute as a youngster

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Pot 70F (25+%G, 30-38d)
  2. Same seed as above. Soak 1d, baggy 70F (80%G, 12-30d)

Forms bulblets quickly after germinating, leaves take longer to develop - hence the difference in apparent germination time between the pot-sown ones of 2006 (time is for emergence of leaves) and the baggy-sown ones of 2007 (time is for emergence of radicles).

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