Botanical Name: Cyclamen hedenfolium
Common Name: Ivy leaf Cyclamen  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Bulb


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Grey, Silver, White


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Walkways


Special Uses



Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Ivy leaf cyclamen has green and silver mottled foliage in early October, making mounds 3 inches tall and 6 to 12 inch wide. In September, just prior to the emerging foliage, the tiny pink flowers poke through the ground. By late spring, the foliage dies and goes dormant for the summer. Cyclamen are great in mass and will naturalize in woodland settings where they can be dry while dormant. Site them at the base or under the canopy of large trees or shrubs.
Grows in light shade, with maybe just a bit of morning sun. Plant in rich, well drained soil, in a place were it won't receive too much summer water. Plant corms just below the soil surface in the spring. Plants are dormant in summer; mulch in winter. Corms may rot if over-watered during the summer or planted in poorly drained soil. I've been in a few gardens on the east bench where these are thriving!