Cyclamen repandum

Cyclamen repandum (340)

Common names:

  • Wavy Cyclamen

Location in the Gardens:

Season of interest:

  • Spring

Description of plant:

Cyclamen repandum is a dwarf tuberous perennial with heart shaped leaves speckled with grey and fragrant rose red flowers 2cm in length from mid-spring.

The plant can be grown from seed or corms and will self seed easily and grow up to about 6cm.

Ideal growing conditions and habitat:

It can be found growing from sea level up to about 850m. It prefers shade or semi-shaded damp conditions and can also be found in rock crevices of in leaf litter amongst tree roots. it will no tolerate dry sunny conditions.

Country of origin:

  • Found naturally from Southern France to the Greek Islands and Algeria

Other interesting information:

Cyclamen comes from the Greek 'Kylos' meaning circle. This refers to the seed stalk which curls up after flowering among the leaves in the shape of the corm.

Repandum is Latin for 'bent back' or 'turned up'.

in Roman folklore Pliny the Elder writes that Greek fishermen used crushed Cyclamen root to stun fish rendering them easy prey.

Cyclamen repandum (744)

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