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Commonly known as Sowbread
Genus of 24 species of tuberous perennials found in habitats ranging from alpine woodland and damp woods to dry sands and maquis from the Mediterranean east to Iran and south to Somalia.
Flowers can be produced at almost any time of year depending on the species. The most commonly available are C. coum which is winter flowering and C. hederifolium which blooms in summer and autumn.
Pests & Diseases - mice and squirrels. Vine weevil, cyclamen mite, grey mould.
Place of Origin - Mediterranean, Iran, Somalia
Alpine or Rock Plant - These plants prefer well drained soil and are generally dwarf in habit.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Tuberous - tuberous perennials. Rounded to heart-shaped leaves sometimes toothed or lobed. Leaves can be silver-zoned or have light and dark patches on the upper surface. Purplish-red beneath
Scented flowers - some fragrant.
fertile well drained soil - moderately fertile. Humus-rich. Mulch annually with leaf mould.
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