Cyclamen hederifolium

ivyleaf cyclamen

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Ivyleaf cyclamen is a fine perennial. More vigorous and larger growing than Cyclamen coum, it is also an exceptionally easy plant to grow. The plants bloom in September and October with generally pink flowers, although white flowers do occur, and emerge in profusion before the foliage. Some seeds strains are slightly fragrant. As flowering comes to an end in late October, the handsome ivy-like foliage begins to emerge. The silver pattern varies widely. There are solid silver-leaved forms available from specialty nurseries and seed houses. Cyclamen hederifolium is a tuberous plant and old established tubers often sit on top of the ground. Like Cyclamen coum this C. hederifolium is drought tolerant. It is happy growing under deciduous trees and shrubs and will naturalize by seed.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink, white

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, dappled, or deep shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, black, bronze

Great Color Partners: silver, dark green

Culture Notes
This hardy fall bloomer will grow well in light to deep shade. Plant it in a well-drained or sandy soil. Once established it is drought tolerant. Seed is scattered around the garden by ants; watch for the tiny seedlings to sprout in late fall.