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Cyclamen mirabile | Also known as: sowbread | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Mirabile, is very worthwhile, for making a garden in cottage style.

The blooms of the Sowbread (Cyclamen mirabile) are a wonderful colour, being pale pink and stained dark red around the base. These appear during the autumn, making it a good choice for adding texture and colour to the garden later in the season. It is highly suitable in many locations. These include containers, flowerbeds or borders, rockeries or as ground cover. It likes a partially shady, yet sheltered position in the garden to thrive.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, as any of its parts can cause severe discomfort.
Height [m]
  • 0 - 0.1
Spread [m]
  • 0.1
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Mat-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-9
Heat zone
  • H9-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - -1
Heat days
  • 90 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Bulbs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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PLANTS Cyclamen

These plants are actually a genus that contains around 20 different species. Cyclamen are part of the primrose family (although they look completely different), and are native to the areas around the Mediterranean. Such is the variety, you can find Cyclamen that will provide colour to your garden during every month of the year. Most are fairly hardy, but there are a few that won’t survive any frost, so be sure to check before planting outdoors. Most are quite small, and can be found in a rainbow of different colours.

Cyclamen coum

Eastern Cycllamen

PLANTS Cyclamen coum | -29°C - -1°C beginner Partial shade

The Cyclamen coum is a delightful plant that flowers with dark pink or purple blooms in the spring and winter. It’s silvery grey foliage means that it also adds texture and shade even when not in flower. The Eastern Cyclamen is a good choice for those looking for additions to a low maintenance garden. It’s a good choice for pots and containers, but ensure it’s in partial shade for it to truly thrive.

Cyclamen Album

Cyclamen coum

PLANTS Cyclamen coum subsp. coum f. albissimum | -29°C - -1°C beginner Partial shade

The delicate Cyclamen Coum ‘Album’ (also known as Cyclamen coum subsp. coum f. albissimum) is a wonderful choice to add both winter and spring colour to the garden. It blooms with fragile looking white flowers from late winter through to early spring. These blooms have red tinges at the base, making for a delightful colour array. Simple to grow and cultivate, these are popular to use in beds and border, containers and in city or cottage gardens.

Cyclamen hederifolium

Ivy Leaved Cyclamen

PLANTS Cyclamen hederifolium | -29°C - -12°C beginner Partial shade

Cyclamen hederifolium, or the Ivy Leaved Cyclamen, is well named – sporting leaves reminiscent of its namesake. During the summer it blooms with deep pink flowers, which often have a wonderful fragrance. It likes a partially shady or full sun position. It’s a tough little number, as well as being easy to grow and requiring little maintenance. The perfect choice for the novice or time short gardener.

Ivy Leaved Cyclamen Amaze Me Series

PLANTS Cyclamen hederifolium Amaze Me Series | -29°C - -12°C beginner Partial shade

Cyclamen hederifolium are delightful plants. It flowers in the autumn with white or pale pink blooms that contrast beautifully with its silvery green leaves. The Ivy Leaved Cyclamen Amaze Me Series is easy to grow, making it a good choice for the novice gardener looking to add some late season colour to the garden. For the best results, plant in a sheltered position in partial shade.

Cyclamen hederifolium Album

White ivy-leaved cyclamen

PLANTS Cyclamen hederifolium var. hederifolium f. albiflorum | -29°C - -12°C beginner Partial shade

Trademark heart shaped leaves mark out the White Ivy Leaved Cyclamen even before it blooms. The flowers, that appear in the autumn, are pure white and a delight to behold. Cyclamen hederifolium var. hederifolium f. albiflorum is an easy plant to cultivate. It’s also got the advantage of needing little ongoing care, making it a great choice for a low maintenance garden. Plant in partial shade and use for flower beds, borders, pots and in a city or cottage location.

Cyclamen persicum

persian violet

PLANTS Cyclamen persicum | beginner Partial shade

The Cyclamen Miracle Mixed Series are a wonderful for adding vibrant autumn colour to the garden. Flowering with white, pink and red blooms, Cyclamen persicum flowers are likely to be highly fragrant, so be sure to plant them in a position where you gain full advantage of this. The only downside is that this lovely plant is susceptible to frost, so you will need to cover it during the colder months to ensure its good health.

Cyclamen pseudibericum

False Iberian Cyclamen

PLANTS Cyclamen pseudibericum | -12°C - -1°C beginner Partial shade

For vibrant spring colour that’s both easy to grow and low maintenance, look no further that the Cyclamen pseudibericum. Also known as the False Iberian Cyclamen, this delightful plant sports heart shaped leaves and blooms with purple pink flowers during the spring. These often have a beautiful fragrance, making them ideal for beds, borders and container gardens. It’s a hardy little plant, plant in partial shade for the best results.