pericum of today looks very different from the wild forms that grow in Turkey, Africa, Italy and other countries of the Mediterranean.
In medieval times the wild cyclamen had many medicinal uses; worn by women in delivery to speed up delivery, used to counteract
poisons, heal snakebites, clear sinuses, remove boils and skin blemishes only to name a few.
Cyclamen breeders regard 1870 as the year when they started to develop larger flowers
and the different leaf patterns. Today we have minis, sierras, lasers and many more types to choose from. Sierra-type cyclamen
have larger flowers and are available in white, red, purple, lavender, pink, wine; frilly and flame styles too. Lasers are
medium to small flower with many colors and are fragrant.
Cyclamen can be grown indoors and out. They need good drainage and tend to like their soil on the dry side; too much
water can lead to wilt and rot.
flower symbolizes resignation and goodbye. This makes it an appropriate gift for someone retiring or relocating.
We at Green Thumb feel fortunate to have one of the
best growers of cyclamen in the area, Sunset Nursery. Come see our great selection!
Kathy Brigante, ManagerGreen Thumb Nursery of Los Gatos