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A picture of a Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen

Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen

Cyclamen hederifolium

Also known as

Neapolitan Cyclamen, Sowbread, Hardy Cyclamen

Cyclamen Hederifolium by hamon jp (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen

A close up of some Cyclamen hederifolium in flower
A close up of some pink Cyclamen hederifolium flowers growing in the wild
A close up of a Cyclamen hederifolium plant with pink flowers and green leaves
A close up of a pink Cyclamen hederifolium flower
Some Cyclamen hederifolium with pink flowers growing outside

Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen Overview

Cyclamen hederifolium is a deciduous perennial in the Primulaceae family. It typically grows to around 12cm in height, producing pretty light pink, scented flowers which measure approximately 2.5cm across. Leaves are produced at the base, they resemble those of ivy and often have attractive silvery-green patterning across their surfaces. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen

Mice and squirrels may take a nibble!

How to propagate Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen


Special features of Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen

Specimen, can be grown in pots.

Flowers - Sow Under Cover in September

Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.

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Looking good in October - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in October, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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