|Cyclamen – Neapolitanum (hederifolium) Preorder for Spring 2018! 3/$15|
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|Pronounciation: Sigh-kla-men or SIK-lah-men
Nicknames: Alpine violet, sow bread
Color: Purple flowers with light green leaves marbled in silver and white
Blooms: fall, winter, spring
Native: In woods and among rocks and hillsides Southern Europe, Mediterranean
Height: 6 inches tall cyclamen neapolitanum bulbsThe name cyclamen neapolitanum bulbs is taken from the Greek word kyklaminos, from kyklos, a circle alluding to the flower’s coiled stem. The flowers are shuttlecocked shaped, with reflexed petals borne in autumn. The leaves look like ivy with blue spruce colored centers and form a ground cover. The most beautiful cyclamen I have ever had the pleasure of viewing was at Margaret’s house. She was hostess for the Dosch Diggers garden club, one of the oldest garden clubs in Portland. Off of her deck, the hillside was covered with cyclamen, it was beautiful. There was ivy on either side.I asked Margaret how long ago she had planted them and she replied, “I planted one bulb fifty years ago and now they have spread all over the bank.” They were gorgeous. The dark green leaves and dusty miller colored centers. They glowed.
Cyclamen can be invasive after fifty years so if you live near natural habitats, watch out so that they don’t multiply and push out native plants. In the garden they are perfect. They grow well around pine trees and any shady area.
They like good composted soil or mulch. They naturalize easily under conifers and around shrubs. They were introduced into Britain as early as 1778.
Cyclamen’s common name is sowbread and it is reputed to have medicinal properties to cure baldness when used as snuff. It has also been used as an external linament to purge the bowels.
It was named by Aiton in 1789 in Hortus Kewensis but has been known for a long time as Cyclamen neapolitanum, which is a synonym. Illustrations of this cyclamen date from about 1445.
Cyclamen are tuberous herbs, rooting mainly from the upper surface (it is not difficult to plant them upside down).
The simple leaves are slightly fleshy and are usually have a beautifully silvery-marbled pattern and are purple underneath.