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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Au­tumn cy­cla­men AU­TUMN flow­er­ing cy­cla­men, C. hed­er­i­folium, emerge in au­tumn, their del­i­cate hang­ing buds open­ing to re­veal frag­ile-look­ing flow­ers in shades of white, pink, cerise and ma­genta.

The first blooms ap­pear be­fore the ivy-like leaves.

They pre­fer a slightly shaded spot and thrive best when there is plenty of mois­ture from au­tumn through to spring with­out the ground be­com­ing wa­ter­logged.

C. coum, which forms a car­pet of kid­ney-shaped, sil­vered leaves, dec­o­rated with nod­ding flow­ers, are per­fect for light­ing up ar­eas of moist shade next to paths, or plant­ing be­tween trees and shrubs where they will tol­er­ate dry soil.

They make won­der­ful part­ners for heucheras and helle­bores.

Florists’ cy­cla­men, C. per­sicum, are large flow­ered and sold as win­ter bed­ding or house plants.

Don’t over­feed or over wa­ter them or they will flop and, if you’re keep­ing them in the house, make sure they are in a cool, well-ven­ti­lated spot.

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