Neapolitan Cyclamen , Sowbread Cyclamen hederifolium

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Botanical Name:

Cyclamen hederifolium







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Neapolitan Cyclamen , Sowbread

3-4 inches
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  • Cyclamen hederifolium

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in tepid water with one drop of washing-up soap for 4 to 5 hrs.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Sow shallowly and keep in a shady postion. Germination may be slow and erratic.
In a Nutshell:
* Prefers a cool habitat and a well-drained humus rich soil.
* Easily grown in a stony leafy soil in sun or shade. Thrives in the light shade of trees. more...
* A tuberous herb with vine like leaves. The plant blooms in summer to late autumn in reds, pinks, and whites, leaves, appearing after flowers, are often marked with silvery patches.
* The plant is dormant during the summer and grows during the cooler half of the year. Dormancy is shorter in cooler climates. more...
[ edit ] Description Growth habit Cyclamen hederifolium is a tuberous perennial that blooms and sprouts leaves in autumn , grows through the winter , and goes dormant before summer , when the seed pods ripen and open. [ edit ] Tuber Dried tubers at market in Remscheid , Germany The tuber is round-flattened and produces roots from the top and sides, leaving the base bare. In the florist's cyclamen ( Cyclamen persicum ), roots come from the bottom, leaving the top and sides bare.The tuber becomes larger with age; older specimens commonly become more than 25 cm (10 in) across. In other species, tubers do not grow as large; Cyclamen coum usually does not reach more than 6.5 cm (2.6 in) across. Leaves and flowers grow from buds on top. [ edit ] Leaves The leaves are variably shaped and colored. Depending on the specimen, leaf shape varies from heart-shaped to long and arrow-shaped, usually with 2-3 angled lobes on each side, resembling the juvenile leaves of ivy ( Hedera ). Leaf color varies from all-green to all-silver, but the most common is a Christmas tree or hastate pattern in silver or pewter and various shades of green.The leaf and flower stalks of Cyclamen hederifolium grow outwards and then up, forming an "elbow". Plants in narrow pots often have a ring of leaves around the outside of the pot. In the closely related Cyclamen africanum , stalks grow up from the tuber without a bend near the base. typical leaves an all-silver leaf form leaves collected on Zakynthos , showing range of leaf shapes [ edit ] Flowers The flowers bloom from late summer to autumn and have 5 petals , usually pink, purple, or white with a streaky magenta V -shaped marking on the nose, but sometimes pure white with no markings.The petal bases are curved outwards into strong auricles . These are not present in some other species, such as Cyclamen persicum .The flowers are occasionally fragrant .The shape of the flower varies from long and thin to short and squat. [ 2 ] flowers with particularly prominent auricles short flowers with wide noses [ edit ] Fruit After fertilization, the flower stem coils tightly, starting at the end, and rests above the tuber. Seeds are amber, held in a round pod , which opens by 5-10 flaps at maturity. coiling flower stalk Pods and exposed tubers
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Physical Characteristics  Cyclamen hederifolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 3in) by 0.2 m (0ft 6in). It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 6-Oct It is in flower from Jul to November, and the seeds ripen from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.
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