Latin name: Cyclamen hederifolium
Synonyms: Cyclamen europaeum, Cyclamen neapolitanum
Family: Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
Medicinal use of Cyclamen:The fresh rootstock is a drastic purgative. It should be used with extreme caution. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh root. It is applied externally to the bowels to cause purging.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Shady woodlands, usually on limestone.
Other uses of Cyclamen:Plants can be used as a ground cover, though they will need to be given a mulch of leaf mould in order to keep the weeds at bay when they are dormant in the summer.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Fresh seed germinates in 3 - 6 weeks. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours in warm water, sow shallowly and keep in a shady position at 15°C. Germination may be slow and erratic. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in April/May. Very easy, the larger tubers can be planted out straight into their permanent positions whilst it is best to pot up the smaller ones and grow them on for a season before planting them out.
Cultivation of Cyclamen:Shady woodlands, usually on limestone.
Known hazards of Cyclamen hederifolium:Poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.