By: Christopher Grey-Wilson
224 pages, 100 col photos, 50 illus
A revision and update of the most comprehensive study of cyclamens ever undertaken. Species are covered both in the wild and in cultivation, along with analyses of the many cultivars. It also includes a special chapter on the florists' cyclamen, as well as detailed notes on cultivation and propagation. The new edition covers significant changes in the botany, horticulture, classification, cultivation and species within the genus Cyclamen since the last edition was published in 1997.
Acclaimed horticulturalist, writer and plant hunter, Christopher Grey-Wilson offers this updated and fully revised edition of the classic and definitive work on the genus Cyclamen. A vast range of cultivars are to be found within the 22 species of this primarily Mediterranean genus, with plants to be found in flower twelve months of the year. From white to pink and red and all colours in-between, their pretty recurved petals beg closer inspection whilst the wiry whorls of seeds fascinate adults and children alike. Emerging from under shrubs and trees in the autumn, Cyclamen hederifolium with its ivy-like leaves and Cyclamen coum with its silvery undergrowth of foliage, light up dark corners with a regularity that has ensured their enduring appeal. Amenable to many garden situations and only a few requiring more careful cultivation, they are natural companions to other shade-lovers such as ferns, hostas and lamiums. Cyclamen persicum, the florists' cyclamen which has grown in importance over the last decade or so and is so popular for winter window-boxes, has a large chapter devoted to them, highlighting their popularity by the amount of hybridisation that has been carried out. Whilst a lot of the text is botanically written, the overall picture is that of a useful and indispensable guide to the cultivation of these popular little plants. Informatively written but easy to understand for the lay-person, this work will remain the bible of Cyclamen for a long time still to come. - Lucy Watson
- The magic of cyclamen
- the cultivation of cyclamen
- pests and diseases
- the cyclamen plant
- the genus "Cyclamen"
- the species
- cyclamen cultivars
- "Cyclamen persicum", evolution in cultivation
- cyclamen hybrids
- A-Z of scientific names of cyclamen and new combinations
- cyclamen and conservation
- generic subdivisions & Latin diagnoses of new subgenera & new series
- identification key for gardeners
- nurseries selling cyclamen in Britain
- societies to join
- national collections of Cyclamen
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