Cyclamen coum
Garden Plant Information

Cyclamen coum

 

Cyclamen coum

 

Name

Cyclamen coum (also called Sow Bread and eastern Cyclamen)

Genus  

Cyclamen

Species

coum

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Winter-blooming tuberous perennial grown for pink or white flowers. Useful for winter containers and naturalising under trees and shrubs, though some are grown in containers indoors. Some cyclamen have fragrant flowers.

Season of interest

Leaves emerge in autumn, followed by flowers in winter and early spring.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit neat, clump-forming. H: 5-8cm S: 10cm

  2. Stems pinkish-brown, round, sappy-looking.

  3. Leaves - rounded to roughly heart-shaped, sometimes toothed or lobed and often with silvery markings on dark green above and purplish-red below.

  4. Flowers nodding blooms with 5 reflexed, twisted petals usually in shades of pink, and sometimes white. The flower-stems coil into tight spirals and push the seed head into the soil after flowering.

Cultural details

Aspect

Shade to partial shade.

Soil

Moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained. Avoid planting in areas that get very wet in summer.

Hardiness

Hardy.

Maintenance

Apply a mulch of well rotted organic matter when leaves die back in spring. Susceptible to attack from mice and squirrels. Pot grown plants may be affected by vine weevils.

Propagation

Plant tubers 3cm to 5cm deep in humus-rich soil under the shade of trees. Sow seed in darkness as soon as it is ripe.