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Cyclamen hederifolium

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 The flowers appear in September and last until mid
December, followed by the leaves, starting in November.


Late January, and it is huge!

Going dormant in May.

Author:  William Aiton, 1789
Origin:  Western Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, France and Switzerland, Sicilia,
Soil:  Mix - Peat
Water:  Minimum - Medium
Sun:  Minimum - Maximum
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  15 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Light Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Ivy-leaf Cyclamen, Cyclamen de Naples, Herbst-Alpenveilchen, Neaopolitanisches Alpenveilchen, Hardy Cyclamen, Sowbread, Neapolitan Cyclamen
Synonyms:  Might be: Cyclamen europaeum, Carl Linnaeus, 1753.
Cyclamen neapolitanum
var. album Hort. ex Malley.
Cyclamen neapolitanum
Ten. 1813.
(Cyclamen creticum
Hildebr. 1906 -> Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. creticum, O. Schwarz, 1938)
(Cyclamen africanum, Pierre Edmond Boissier & George François Reuter, 1852 -> Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. africanum, J. H. Ietswaart, 2005).

This member of the Primulaceae was described by William Aiton in 1789. It is found in, Turkey, Bulgaria Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, France and Switzerland. It grows in the forests in rich soil with little to some water and little to lots of sun. It can stand rather hard frost. The caudex can grow up to 25 centimetres or more in diameter, the leaves will get fifteen centimetres height. The flowers  wary in colour from white to light pink.

The genera name from Greek kyklos: 'circle' referring to the rounded tubers. The species name hederifolium means ivy-leaved.

According to GRIN, it is a member of the Myrsinaceae family.


The stalk curls up when the fruit is fertilized.