The late season flowering of Cyclamen is just one of the reasons to grow these useful flowers. There are many species of Cyclamen and below is a special selection for Autumn and Winter flowering.
C. coum is widely grown in the United Kingdom and there are many colours and leaf forms. Whites and pink flowers predominate but bright red varieties are available.
C.libanoticum is often grown in pots to flower January – April. It can withstand severe cold but dislikes wet soil.
C. persicum is tender and forms the stock for many florists Cyclamen. The flowers are generally held high above the leaves.
C. hederifolium flowers pink a bit earlier than some varieties. Leaves appear after flowering. Plants are best sited under shade as provided by a deciduous tree. The underside of the leaves are red coloured.
Other winter flowering species include C. pseudibericum and C. trochopteranthum a horizontal growing variety.
For more information on the Cyclamen species read any Guide by Chris Grey-Wilson