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Common Name: Cyclamen
Cyclamen hederifolium is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.08 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain[
Shady woodlands, usually on limestone[
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. Tolerates a pH between 5.5 and 8[
This species is hardy to about -18°c[
A very ornamental plant[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
The fresh rootstock is a drastic purgative. It should be used with extreme caution[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh root[
]. It is applied externally to the bowels to cause purging[
Plants can be used as a ground cover, though they will need to be given a mulch of leaf mould in order to keep the weeds at bay when they are dormant in the summer[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[
]. Fresh seed germinates in 3 - 6 weeks[
]. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours in warm water, sow shallowly and keep in a shady position at 15°c[
]. Germination may be slow and erratic[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Division in mid spring. Very easy, the larger tubers can be planted out straight into their permanent positions whilst it is best to pot up the smaller ones and grow them on for a season before planting them out.