Cyclamen hederifolium is a tuberous perennial and very hardy despite its very delicate look. It flowers in early autumn. It is also known as the Ivy-leaved Cyclamen, Neapolitan Cyclamen, Sowbread, or Cyclamen neapolitanum. It belongs to the Primulaceae family of plants. It grows to about 12cm or 5in.
The flowers are pink, white, or purple and fragrant, they usually have a magenta marking on the nose. It usually flowers before the leaves appear. The leaves are ivy shaped and silvery-green. Cyclamen hederifolium is native to the Mediterranean region from Europe to Turkey.
Cyclamen hederifolium is deciduous and it likes partial shade. It flowers in autumn keeps growing in winter and usually dormant in the summer. Plant the tubers in humus-rich well-drained soil about 5cm or 2in deep.
The tuber is round and flat roots grow from the top and sides whereas other cyclamens such as the Cyclamen persicum the roots do come from the bottom. Tubers keep growing and can be as large as 25cm or 10in.
Cyclamen hederifolium name comes from hedera for ivy and folium or leaf which indicates ivy looking leaves and neapolitanum which is the older name refers to Naples, Italy where it grew.
They are self-seeding and you can propagate by seeds. It is best to soak the seeds for 12 hours prior to sowing. Cyclamen hederifolium does not require any pruning. Watch out for vine weevil and squirrels could be a problem as well.
See also Cyclamen