Cultivar List

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Cyclamen cultivars (other than C. persicum florists’ cultivars) as at October 2018

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The list currently contains scant details of some registered cultivars. Anyone who has cultivars that they believe should be  registered, or who can provide illustrations or further information about those that are listed, is requested to email the Registrar, at registrar@cyclamen.org, or the Webmaster, at webmaster@cyclamen.org.

Cyclamen africanum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen alpinum

‘Album’: white-flowered variants have been named as ‘Album’ but should all properly be referred to as C. alpinum forma leucanthum, named by Christopher Grey-Wilson in 1997. These are not completely white (which would probably be accorded the epithet albissimum), having the characteristic solid purplish stain around the mouth.

‘Nettleton White’: leaves marbled; flowers near-white with usual purple stain at the corolla mouth.

‘Pink Swirl’: leaves unremarkable; flowers particularly large and elegant, in clear pink.

‘Red Devil’: leaves two-toned; flowers rather tall, clear deep red.

‘Speckles’: leaves unremarkable; flowers quite distinctive, pale pink with darker carmine speckling.

Cyclamen balearicum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen cilicium

‘Album’: leaves, variable amounts of marking; flowers pure white; this pure white-flowered variant has been named as ‘Album’ but should properly be referred to as C. alpinum forma album, a valid botanical status published by Erna Frank & Manfred Koenen in 1983.

‘Bowles Variety’: Grey-Wilson (2002) notes this as being a rather ordinary C. cilicium of no particular merit.

Cyclamen colchicum

‘Deirdre’: a completely plain green leaved selection by Jan Bravenboer.

Cyclamen confusum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen coum

With such a variable species, that is easy to grow and raise from seed, it is not surprising there are many named selections.

Cyclamen coum subsp. coum forma coum (various coloured flower forms)

‘Blush’: green-edged pewter-coloured leaves; flowers pale rose-pink with rose-magenta blotch at mouth.

‘Broadleigh Silver’ Group: silver or pewter-coloured leaves; flowers variable shades of pink; possibly C. coum – C. alpinum hybrids.

BSBE 518 form 1‘: leaves overall silver with a green margin, pink flowers with a magenta basal blotch.

BSBE 518 form 2‘: leaves silver with a green central hastate pattern, pink flowers with a magenta basal blotch.

‘Crimson King’: attractively marked leaves; rich crimson-coloured flowers.

‘Dusky Maid’: greyish-green leaves; crimson-magenta flowers

‘Heavy Metal’: rounded, completely silver-washed leaves, sometimes with a thin green margin and midrib; pale pink flowers.

‘Linnett Jewel’: silver and green patterned leaves; large, deep magenta flowers, the petals paler towards the centre.

‘Linnett Rose’: leaves deep green with grey pattern; pinkish-rose flowers, the petals deeper at their margins.

‘Macka’: originating from the town of that name in Turkey, collected in 1966 by S. Albury, M. Cheese and J. Watson; leaves rounded, silver-washed with a small, central deep green area; flowers deep pinkish-magenta.

‘Magenta Surprise’: flowers bright magenta.

‘Marie’: ‘Marie silver leaf’: a selection by Jan Bravenboer.

‘Meadens Crimson’: plain deep green leaves; deep crimson-magenta blooms.

‘Merymana’: originating from Merymana (Sumela) near Trabzon in Turkey.

‘Nymans’: typical rounded coum leaves of a rather yellowish-green; flowers small, deep claret-coloured with pale markings in the form of a V at the base of each petal; this cultivar was selected from a collection by E. K. Balls in the 1930s sent to Nymans garden in Sussex.

‘Pewter Group’: leaves pewter-coloured with a green margin and central vein; flowers variable, pink to magenta; raised by Kath Dryden VMH.

‘Porcelain’: plain green orbicular leaves; white flowers with thin magenta veining on the petals; bred by Jan Bravenboer.

‘Roseum’: leaves attractively patterned silver; flowers large, rose-pink with magenta markings at the mouth.

‘Rubrum’: general name given to forms with deeply coloured flowers.

‘Silver Star’: striking silver-coloured leaves with obvious veining; flowers bicoloured pink and white, roughly shuttlecock-shaped; developed from seedlings of a plant (S21 N397) collected by The Cyclamen Society in northern Turkey.

‘Stirling Silver’: leaves with very striking luminous quality, silvery-white, unmarked; flowers in various shades of pale magenta.

‘Tilebarn Elizabeth’: leaves entirely pewter-coloured without green veining; flowers bicoloured, very pale pink or whitish, flushed deeper towards the petal margins, blotched magenta-crimson at the mouth; a selection by Peter Moore.

‘Tilebarn Graham’: leaves rounded, silver-coloured; flowers rather small with elegant narrow, twisted petals, pink with deep magenta blotch at the mouth; a selection by Peter Moore.

‘Turkish Princess’: leaves green with overlay of silver; flowers bicoloured pink and magenta.

‘Urfa’: leaves rounded with a slightly pointed apex, marked with a striking ‘Christmas tree’ pattern; flowers rather squat, deep magenta-pink with a deeper coloured blotch at the mouth.

Cyclamen coum subsp. coum forma pallidum (white flower forms with normal marking at the mouth)

‘Album’: leaves rounded, deep green, shiny and without markings; flowers white with magenta markings at the mouth.

‘Marbled Moon’: handsomely marked leaves; small (‘dumpy’) flowers white with magenta markings at the mouth.

‘Maurice Dryden’: variable silver or pewter-coloured leaves with green margin; flowers white with a dark purple stain at the mouth; raised by Kath Dryden VMH.

‘White Pewter’: white version of ‘Pewter Group’; leaves pewter-coloured with a green margin and central vein; flowers white with magenta markings at the mouth; raised by Kath Dryden VMH.

Cyclamen coum subsp. coum forma albissimum (pure white flower forms with no marking at the mouth)

‘Ashwood Snowflake’: leaves variously patterned in silver; flowers sometimes pale pink in bud, fading to pure white within 2 – 3 days; a selection made in 2007 from seed of CSE 88397 at Ashwood Nurseries.

George Bisson‘: leaves patterned in pale green; a pure albino with no red at all on the leaf or flower stalk; named by Mary Saunders in 1994 in memory of her father.

Golan Heights‘: plain green glossy leaves; pure white flowers with a flat form which is typical of the southern populations of C. coum; named by Peter Moore from an original plant (CSE 90417) collected on the Golan Heights in 1990.

‘Lake Effect’: leaves deep matt green slightly marked with silver; pure white flowers with pleat edged petals like the ripples on a lake; raised by Ellen Hornig of Oswego, New York. Best suited to growing in the alpine house. Flowers from late December to March.

‘Tilebarn Fenella’: leaves patterned in pale green; bred from a plant found by Manfred Koenen in 1980 in the Amanus Mountains of Hatay Province in Southern Turkey, between Belen and Topbogazi, and named by Peter Moore who developed it from Manfred’s material.

Cyclamen coum subsp. caucasicum

‘Album’: leaves heart-shaped with variable markings; flowers white with a basal darker blotch and pink or lavender rim to the mouth (unlike subsp. coum in which this zone is white).

‘Linnett Charm’: leaves heart-shaped, deep green with a hastate pattern in various shades of pewter; flowers mid-pink with a basal darker blotch and pink or lavender rim to the mouth (unlike subsp. coum in which this zone is white).

Cyclamen creticum

‘Silvery Hope’: bright silvery leaves and white flowers; bred by Marco ten Hoope of the Netherlands.

‘Tilebarn Spoa’: found by Peter Moore near the village of Spoa on the island of Karpathos; geographically interesting but not appreciably different from the Cretan forms.

Cyclamen cyprium

‘ES’: this refers to Elizabeth Strangman of Washfield Nursery (not Extra Silvery!) who made the plants available to Peter Moore of Tile Barn Nursery (now closed). The original plants were selected by Hilda Davenport Jones in the 1960s; they have deep green leaves, boldly marked with splashes of contrasting silver.

‘Galaxy’: leaves with a deep sombre grey-green background, heavily spattered over the entire surface with silver flecks and spots (like the stars of a distant galaxy against a night sky); flowers typical for the species; selected by John Fielding and distributed by Ashwood Nurseries.

Cyclamen elegans

‘Reiko’: leaves heart-shaped, deep green, unremarkably patterned in paler green (with beetroot reverse); flowers darker than usual, with the normal magenta basal blotch and pink rim to the mouth; selected from plants collected by Yasuko Tsukui and named for her daughter Reiko; seeds were sent to Jan Bravenboer and he distributed the resulting plants from Green Ice Nursery (now closed).

Cyclamen graecum subsp. candicum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen graecum subsp. graecum

‘Elizabeth Drew’: leaves pewter coloured with a thin green margin; flowers large, pure white; it also has a valid botanical status as forma album; a seedling of ‘Glyfada’ raised by Ray Drew and named after his daughter.

‘Glyfada’: leaves pewter coloured with a thin green margin; flowers large, pale pinkish-purple; collected by Brian & Margaret Mathew near Glyfada, Attica in March 1971.

‘Rhodopou’: leaves silver or pewter with a narrow green border; flowers pink.

Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. crassifolium

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen hederifolium

With such a variable species it has been very tempting for gardeners to select out favourites and give them cultivar names, a course which is acceptable if the offspring turn out to be reasonably uniform. The following are some of the more well known:

Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. hederifolium (various coloured flower forms)

‘Antiochus’: leaves attractively marbled; flowers deep pinkish-red.

‘Apollo’ (‘Bowles’s Apollo’, ‘Bowles’s Apollo Group’): the original plant named by Gerard Parker was found by him in the garden of E. A. Bowles at Myddelton House. The leaves were remarkable for the large shield-shaped area of silver in the centre and another around the margin, separated by a green zone. The leaves also have an overlying flush of pink, although this is variable; flowers pink.

‘Coquette’: leaves green suffused pewter with an arrowhead green mark in the upper half of the blade; flowers white with a pinkish mouth and flushed lavender at the petal margins. The unopened white buds have a delicate tracery of lavender which makes this cultivar easy to recognise; best regarded as a pale picotee type.

‘Elsie Thomas’: leaves attractively marked; flowers with broad petals, pink richly stained deeper at the mouth and spreading up the petals but with the margins almost white.

‘Fairy Rings’: leaves with pale green centre surrounded by a dark zone, then a pale band margined by a further dark green zone; the pattern is said to take five years to reveal itself fully; flowers mid-pink.

‘Green Elf’: leaves green, less than 3 cm long, with a central, pale green hastate pattern; flowers pale pink, carried on slender stalks.

‘Highfield’: distinctively glossy foliage; pink-flowered; selection made by Dave Hoskins of Ringwood.

‘Joy’s Choice’: leaves two-toned silver and pewter, 7-angled shape; flowers pink, of normal form and size.

‘Linnett Stargazer’: leaves unremarkable; flowers facing upward instead of downward in the usual way.

‘Lysander’, ‘Lysander Group’: a distinct foliage strain of which the main feature of the Group is the very deeply-cut leaf margins, particularly well- developed in the immature foliage. The whole effect of a mature specimen plant is very striking. The original plant has mid-green leaves with a typical dark green hastate pattern. The strain has been further developed, and now plants with entirely pewter leaves are also available; flowers unremarkable, being the usual pale to mid-pink with a magenta nose; originally distributed by Ashwood Nurseries; according to Brian Marsh, this seed strain is derived from material collected in the Peloponnese by Dutch nurseryman Antoin Hoog under the collector’s number AH8672A, and christened ‘Lysander’ after the famous Spartan general of that name. Ashwood Nurseries purchased tubers from the 1996 catalogue of commercial exporters Hoog & Dix, and selected one plant which they considered to be outstanding.

‘Monstrosum’: flowers very large with petals 28 mm long from mouth to tip and 25 mm wide, carried on very thick stalks (around 4 mm in diameter), looking almost as if they were fasciated; noted in Greece in October 1972 by Herbert and Molly Crook. Possibly referable to subsp. crassifolium.

‘Peter Moore’: leaves with a large central silver zone, surrounded by dark green; flowers pink; named by Jan Bravenboer.

‘Rosenteppich’: leaves rather oval in shape, less lobed than most forms of C. hederifolium; flowers variable, the best forms rich deep pink to reddish-purple; selection of German origin.

‘Ruby Glow’, ‘Ruby Strain’: leaves deep green, rather sombre with a hint of black, not particularly well marked; flowers deep rich magenta or magenta-purple, particularly intense around the mouth but suffused over much of the petals, often with a very pale margin.

‘San Marino Silver’: A selection with silvery leaves made by Ray Johnstone, presumed to be derived from plants or seeds originally collected near San Marino.

‘Silver Cloud’: silver or pewter-coloured leaves varying in shape from almost entire and heart-shaped to markedly lobed; flowers pink; Phil Cornish developed this cultivar and its identical leaved, white flowered sister (‘White Cloud’) in his Gloucestershire garden and has found it comes largely true from seed provided care is taken to isolate it from other C. hederifolium.

‘Silver Shield’: leaves deep green with a striking pewter or paler green shield pattern in the centre; flowers pink.

‘Stargazer’: leaves unremarkable; flowers upward-facing instead of downward-facing in the usual way, pale pink with a darker mouth; said to be an American cultivar.

‘Tilebarn Greville’: leaves narrow, ovate, very dark green with a bright silver shield shaped mark in the centre; flowers pink; developed at Tilebarn Nursery by Peter Moore and named for his brother, Greville.

‘Tilebarn Silver Arrow’: leaves silver, arrow head shaped; flowers pink; developed from seedlings of ‘Tilebarn Helena’ and also named by Peter Moore.

Cyclamen hederifolium subsp. hederifolium forma albiflorum (pure white flower forms with no marking at the mouth)

‘Album’: any otherwise un-named C. hederifolium with pure white flowers would probably be given this cultivar name but should properly be referred to the valid botanical status C. hederifolium forma albiflorum.

‘Artemis’: leaves silver or pewter-coloured; distinctive and attractive leaf markings with a double shield pattern in grey or pewter rather than silver; flowers white.

‘Cotswold White’: selected white-flowered plants from seeds originally brought from southern Greece by Bob Brown; leaves rather narrow, metallic green with an attractive pattern in mid-green.

‘Daley Thompson’: leaves unremarkable; flowers very large, white, with the petals measuring up to 4 cm long.

‘Discovery’: classic ivy-like foliage in shades of green and grey-green; flowers pure white, up to 3.5 cm long; the first flowers to open are the largest, the later ones more normal size.

‘Ellen Corker’: leaves rather average for the species; flowers white, suffused with salmon-pink around the mouth, as they age this pink coloration takes on a purplish hue; selected by Chris Clennett.

‘Nettleton Silver’: leaves silver or pewter-coloured, with a rounded, slightly toothed but not lobed margin; flowers pure white.

‘Perlenteppich’: leaves rather oval in shape, less lobed than most forms of C. hederifolium; flowers white, may have pink in the throat of the corolla; selection of German origin.

‘Tilebarn Helena’: leaves silver, arrow head shaped; flowers white; the original plant was found in seedlings grown by Helena Weisner, who gave it to Peter Moore, who bulked it up for commercial sale at his Tilebarn Nursery (now closed).

‘Tilebarn Shirley’: leaves narrow, ovate, very dark green with a bright silver shield shaped mark in the centre; flowers white; developed at Tilebarn Nursery by Peter Moore and named after his sister in law, Shirley.

‘White Bowles’s Apollo’: silver or pewter-coloured leaves, sometimes with an overlying flush of pink, although this is variable; flowers white; the original ‘Bowles’s Apollo’ plant named by Gerard Parker was found by him in the garden of E. A. Bowles at Myddelton House. The leaves were remarkable for the large shield-shaped area of silver in the centre and another around the margin, separated by a green zone.

‘White Cloud’: silver or pewter-coloured leaves varying in shape from almost entire and heart-shaped to markedly lobed; flowers white; Phil Cornish developed this cultivar and its identical leaved, pink flowered sister (‘Silver Cloud’) in his Gloucestershire garden and has found it comes largely true from seed provided care is taken to isolate it from other C. hederifolium.

Cyclamen intaminatum

‘E. K. Balls’: leaves generally deep green with a zone of silvery green blotches; flowers white, at the small end of the size range for the species; a name used to denote plants derived from the original collection by E.K.Balls in Turkey, now many generations down the line.

Cyclamen libanoticum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen maritimum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen mirabile

‘Tilebarn Anne’: leaves bright silver with no markings and attractively etched veins, but notable for being flushed bright pink all over, when freshly emerged, with ephemeral hairs which drop off the leaf after a few weeks; flowers pink; developed by Peter Moore at Tilebarn Nursery and named for his daughter.

‘Tilebarn Jan’: This cultivar has similar leaves to ‘Tilebarn Nicholas’ but has white flowers; leaves bright silver with a dark green central ‘Christmas-tree’ shaped pattern, but notable for the silver areas being flushed bright pink, when freshly emerged, with ephemeral hairs which drop off the leaf after a few weeks; flowers white, but not consistently pure white, some seedlings having flowers with a pale pink ‘nose’, the petals have a finely serrated margin; the original plant was found by Peter Moore amongst a batch of tubers given to him by the late Professor Jan Letswart from the Netherlands. Seedlings from the original plant were selected over several generations to achieve consistently white flowered progeny; other white flowered plants have been found in the wild and those without leaves like this cultivar should properly be referred to the valid botanical status C. mirabile forma niveum.

‘Tilebarn Nicholas’: leaves bright silver with a dark green central ‘Christmas-tree’ shaped pattern, but notable for the silver areas being flushed bright pink, when freshly emerged, with ephemeral hairs which drop off the leaf after a few weeks; flowers pink; developed by Peter Moore at Tilebarn Nursery and named for his son.

Cyclamen parviflorum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen persicum

Cyclamen persicum var. autumnale

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen persicum var. persicum

‘Album’: leaves variable; flowers pure white; known in the past and reintroduced from Israel by The Cyclamen Society; referable to forma albidum.

‘Silver Leaf’: the original plant was collected south of Tripoli in The Lebanon by Jim Archibald (JCA 1070); this exceptional silver leaf form was selected by Melvyn Jope.

‘Tilebarn Karpathos’: leaves unremarkable for the species; flowers deep cerise with notably twisted petals, a very dark form selected by Peter Moore of Tilebarn nursery (now closed) from a plant collected on the island of Karpathos; referable to forma puniceum.

Cyclamen pseudibericum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen purpurascens

‘Album’: pure white-flowered variants have been named as ‘Album’ but should all properly be referred to as C. purpurascens forma album; leaves have patterns typical of the species, some are pure albinos with no red at all on the leaf or flower stalk and leaves patterned in pale green on a darker green background; flowers pure white.

‘Fatra Form’: leaves plain green, matt or shiny; flowers deep pink, usual for the species; formerly known as C. fatrense; not now considered a distinct species, so referable to C. pupurascens subsp. immaculatum.

‘Garibaldi’: leaves with a bright silver centre and silver veins extending across a broad green margin; flowers pink with short broad petals; a vigorous plant, selected by Jan Bravenboer of Green Ice Nursery (now closed) in the Netherlands and named by him for the Italian national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882).

‘Green Ice’: leaves with a central mint green Christmas tree pattern and veins extending into a dark green background; flowers deep pink, typical of the species; selected by Jan Bravenboer of Green Ice Nursery (now closed) in the Netherlands and named by him after a fantastic ice cream shop, in Pieve in the Lago di Ledro area in Italy, whose billboards have the same mint green colour.

‘Green Lake’: leaves silver-green with veins extending across a broad green margin but with a darker green hastate shape in the centre; flowers pink, typical of the species; selected by Jan Bravenboer of Green Ice Nursery (now closed) in the Netherlands and named by him after the colour of the centre, reminiscent of Lake Ledro in Italy which is a similar green colour.

‘Lake Bled Form’: leaves beautifully silvered with a netted pattern of veins towards the margin; flowers pink, typical of the species; the original plant was collected from around Lake Bled in Slovenia, where it has now almost disappeared as a result of further extensive collection.

‘Lake Garda’: leaves silvery with a thin green margin and a central arrowhead zone; flowers pink, typical of the species.

‘Limone Form’: leaves almost entirely silvered, with narrow green bands around the margin and a faint grey hastate pattern in the centre; flowers deep pink; the original plant was collected near the town of Limone on Lake Garda in Italy, where it protected from further extensive collection by deep screes.

‘Picco Rosso’: leaves have a green central hastate pattern, surrounded by a strong pink flush with pink veins extending into a mint green margin; flowers pink, typical of the species; selected by Jan Bravenboer of Green Ice Nursery (now closed) in the Netherlands and named by him after a 60.5 % proof liqueur, Picco Rosso (rosso is the Italian word for red) made by Sr. Foletto, pharmacist in Pieve on the Lago di Ledro in Italy.

‘Silver Leaf Group’: leaves all over silver or pewter; flowers pink, typical of the species; selections of plants from various sources.

‘Verdume’: leaves plain green; flowers pink, typical of the species; selected by Jan Bravenboer of Green Ice Nursery (now closed) in the Netherlands and named by him; verdume is an Italian word for green foliage.

Cyclamen repandum

‘Album’: leaves, variable amounts of marking; flowers pure white; white-flowered variants have been named by some nurserymen as ‘Album’ but should all properly be referred to as C. repandum forma album. It seems the white form appears more frequently in Corsica than in other parts of its range.

‘Amazing Hope’: leaves with a well defined silver central hastate pattern: flowers pink, typical of the species; bred by Marco ten Hoope of the Netherlands.

‘Pelops’: originally used to denote the Peloponnese variants of what was formerly known as C. repandum but is now known as C. rhodium subsp. peloponnesiacum. (See below)

Cyclamen rhodium subsp. rhodium

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen rhodium subsp. peloponnesiacum

‘Pelops’: leaves variably splashed with pale green and silver blotches on a rather shiny grey-green background; flowers with narrow twisted petals, pale pink-purple with maroon-red mouth; originally used to denote the Peloponnese variants of what was formerly known as C. repandum but is now known as C. rhodium subsp. peloponnesiacum.

‘Silver-Leaf Group:’ leaves all over silver; flowers pale pink with a dark nose, typical of the species; the basis for this group was an original plant collected by The Cyclamen Society in 1992 and plants selected by Mr Forster.

Cyclamen rhodium subsp. vividum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen rohlfsianum

Currently no named cultivars.

Cyclamen somalense

Currently not in cultivation, no named cultivars.