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PlantFiles: Cyclamen, Hardy Cyclamen
Cyclamen coum

Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Cyclamen (SIGH-kla-men) (Info)
Species: coum (KOO-um) (Info)

Synonym:Cyclamen apiculatum
Synonym:Cyclamen brevifrons
Synonym:Cyclamen coum f. pallidum
Synonym:Cyclamen vernale
Synonym:Cyclaminus coum

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22 members have or want this plant for trade.

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KashtanGeorge On Dec 4, 2008, KashtanGeorge from Sochi
Russia wrote:

Those are ideginous species to the area where my house is. The Mountains of the Western Caucasus near the Black Sea. There are a lot of them blossoming from the start of winter, which creates the great feeling of eternal Spring. During the Summer season the plants are still decorative due to nice leaves.Those plants are quite common in the Northern hemisphere. Especially in the Alpine Europe.

If you keep the plant at home do not overwater. It's better to water from underpan with the rainwater.

Positive squeaky_knees On Feb 15, 2008, squeaky_knees from Cornwall
United Kingdom wrote:

Flowers Jan/Feb in the UK (Fully Hardy) - Dainty little flowers provide a fantastic splash of colour at a time of year when the garden generally looks bleak.

Positive shortcm On Jul 24, 2004, shortcm from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant does well in an east-facing full shade foundation garden, as well as under tall oak trees where no grass will grow. They seldom get watered, except by mother nature.

I had long loved the indoor cyclamen (which I plant out for summer), so when I saw plants of Coum for sale, I snapped them up. Here, they spread quite slowly, and don't bloom the first year. But, they are well worth it.

Neutral Baa On Jan 11, 2003, Baa wrote:

A small and very variable perennial from Western Asia

Has round, deep green leaves that may be plain or marbled with silver. Bears white to red flowers with reflexed petals that have white mouths and red markings at the base.

Flowers February - April

Loves a well drained, fertile, leafy soil in light shade. Prefers a dryish dormancy so plant under shrubs if planting outside. Will need a winter mulch is cold regions.

All Cyclamen seed needs to be soaked fopr half a day prior to sowing.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlotta, California
Menifee, California
San Mateo, California
East Haddam, Connecticut
Dover, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
Freeport, Florida
Brooklyn, New York
Davidson, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Sherwood, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Okatie, South Carolina
Carrollton, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kent, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Monroe, Washington

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