Cyclamen - Coum

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Rumour has it that you can have a cyclamen blooming every month of the year due to the wide range of cultivars available. These tuberous perennials are found in habitats ranging from alpine woodlands to damp woods to dry sand. Cyclamen are prized for their unusual, sometimes fragrant blooms. Foliage of some species lasts from winter to spring. The coum variety is a favorite for fall planting. Its heart-shaped leaves are etched with silvery markings and produce a beautiful sight during the winter months.

About this Variety

Performs well as a woodland specimen plant where it can create vast swathes of flowers. Over time, Cyclamen coum will seed around itself to form larger and larger colonies.

Highlights

  • Beneficial to pollinators; Attracts bees
  • Grows well in containers, borders & rock gardens
  • Deer & critter resistant
  • Grows indoors as well as outdoors
  • Naturalizes well

Exposure:

Partial Shade to Full Shade

Blooms:

Late Fall to Early Winter

Height:

Grows 8-12" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 6-8" apart, 2-3" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 4-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Soak 3-4 hours or up to 24 hours before planting. Tubers do not store well so try to purchase them early in the season and plant upon receipt. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place tuber in hole, cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.

After blooming, leave the tubers in place if you are in a hardy zone so plants can clump or reseed. Divide only when containers or planting spaces become too crowded. If you are not in a hardy zone, dig up in the fall to overwinter.

Care Tip

Cyclamen is easily grown in soil that is well drained but not too dry in the summer. Plant with snowdrops and other late winter to early spring blooming bulbs for an extended show in the garden.

 

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