Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium (c) Meneerke bloem / Wikipedia
Cyclamen hederifolium (c) Meneerke bloem / Wikipedia

These dainty cyclamens herald the arrival of autumn, producing recurved pink flowers on short wiry stems from September. The flowers usually appear before the ivy-shaped, marbled leaves. Like its cousin Cyclamen coum, this diminutive bulb will look fantastic planted on masse in a woodland garden under deciduous trees where it will gradually spread to create a colourful carpet. The leaves die back completely in summer.

H x S: 0.15m x 0.15m

Aspect and soil: Any moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in dappled shade.

Use: At home in a woodland setting or in rockeries.

Care: Plant shallow and leave to get on with it, mulching with garden compost if not benefiting from naturally leaf fall from trees above.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: Toxic if ingested.

Origin: Western Europe

Hardiness: H5