Cyclamen hederifolium / Cyclamen neapolitanum

("Persian violet / Sowbread / Primrose")

Cyclamen hederifolium / Cyclamen neapolitanum

This is the most wide-spread and cultivated species after the florist's cyclamen (persicum). It is very reliable and flowering well in the garden. They love fine leafmould which will help it grow, self seed and spread even more.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Early-Mid Fall

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?

Very Early Fall

What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Pink to purple with a magenta blotch

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

8 in / 20 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

1 in / 3 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

4-6 in / 10-15 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In front of shrubs, around trees, mixed borders and in rock gardens.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Album' (white).

About the Family

Cyclamen Family

There are about 20 species of cyclamen and most all of them are native to the Mediterranean. The word cyclamen comes from the Greek word 'kyklamenos' which means 'circle form' a perfect description of the cyclamen corm. They have been in cultivation since Plato times, several hundred years B.C.

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