Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cyclamen purpurascens

When it comes to hardy cyclamen most gardeners think of c. coum or c. hederifolium but for  northern gardeners cylamen purpurascens is the one that works best (at least for me).  I purchased mine about three years ago from the now closed Seneca Hill Perennials.  Nestled between epimediums and some helllebores , this cyclamen blooms every summer for at least two months.   Since it is evergreen I loosely cover it  with a few boughs of hemlock or pine  for a little extra protection during the winter.  Last year a small number of seedlings appeared near the mother plant. They should start blooming in a few years.