Thursday, March 25, 2010
Cyclamen repandrum and Family
Cyclamen Repandrum and C. balearicum
Cyclamen repandrum flower.
I've made frequent references to the cyclamen in my garden and greenhouse, and at the risk of being overly repetative, I have to make mention of the latest and last flowering of the season. Starting in late Fall with C. hederifolium and on into Spring with C. coum I've had an almost non-stop flowering of these fascinating plants, and just when I thought it was all over I noticed these small buds appearing above the foliage of a tray of plants. I'd forgotten about Cyclamen repandrum and it's near relative C. balearicum.
They are perhaps under-rated as the flowers are the smallest of the genus, but they make up for it by being very fragrant and by having foliage that has irregular speckling of silver rather than the symmetrical pattern as the rest of the Cyclamen family. Balearicum in particular has beautifully marked leaves and in one pot I have about 20 plants that need to be divided in the Summer when they are dormant, it's going to be a real difficult choice to decide which of these to keep as specimen plants and which to give away.