Who says there isn’t much color in the landscape in the winter time? The month of February is peak bloom for one of the most delicate, yet tough plants in the winter garden. Hugging the ground with it’s rounded foliage often mottled and marked with silver patterns, this prolific tuberous perennial sends out multiple buds that gently emerge and, all of a sudden, burst into bloom.
What makes Cyclamen coum so charming are their diminuitive size and the diversity of leaf color and patterns on the foliage and the vibrant colors that seem to appear in the ground as if a child had spilled a bag full of candy! They come in wonderful whites, pinks, purples, lavenders and an occasional darker colored “eye” giving a bi-color effect.
Through the rigors of winter, whether it be gloomy and wet or bitter cold, these delicate charmers are as tough as can be. Even gardeners with winters temperatures dropping down to -15F can enjoy these cheery flowers once the snow melts and the weather warms.
They are wonderful under deciduous trees and shrubs or even scattered about in a lawn where you don’t want children and pets playing in during the winter.
Location: Soest Garden – Bed 7
Origin: Eastern Europe/Turkey/Caucasus
Exposure: Part sun – shade
Height and spread: 2-3ft. tall x 5ft. wide