Plantidote of the Day 2011-02-26
The temperature in the Seattle area is well below normal, so this was the only small blooming plant (beside daffodils) I could bring home from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. (Yeah, I purchased other stuff, but showing you bags of corms and roots is not interesting). Hardy cyclamen are long lived perennials that can become large naturalized colonies (hardy to zone 5). They like cool weather and shade in most areas. They go dormant in the heat of summer. Few pests bother them (slugs and snails). This plant is not the florist cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) which has larger flowers and is not hardy below 40F.
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