James H. Schutte
(Cycad, Queen Sago, Seemann's Sago)
Seemann's sago grows naturally near the coasts on southwestern Pacific islands, mimicking the look of short palm trees. Because of agriculture, this cycad is becoming less uncommon on islands such as Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji. Its long leaves (fronds) are deep glossy green and feathery with individual narrow leaflets that are held out in a 180-degree plane. Fronds radiate from a central point at the top of a woody trunk-like stem. Newly emerging fronds are soft and flexible, and shed orange-tan fuzz...
James H. Schutte
(Cycad, Emperor Sago, Prince Sago)
Originally, this cycad species was considered to be Cycas taiwaniana, the Taiwan sago. It wasn't until 1994 with closer taxonomic investigation did botanists realize they were dealing with a separate species. It was native only to the mountains of southeastern Taiwan. This species' name comes from Taitung, the Taiwanese prefecture where it grows naturally.
The prince sago looks very much like the king sago (Cycas revoluta). The main visual differences are that emperor's sago...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Best known in the form of the florists' cyclamen, these natives of Europe, the Mediterranean, western Asia, and northern Africa have much to recommend them as garden plants, including hardiness, durability, handsome foliage, charming flowers, and an ornamental season that peaks when most other herbaceous perennials are at ebb. The rounded, often heart-shaped leaves, which are sometimes strikingly marbled with silvery or pewter mottling, appear in fall and are attractive well into spring. Purple,...
James H. Schutte
(Eastern Cyclamen, Perennial Cyclamen)
The charming flowers and elegant foliage of this hardy cyclamen are highlights of the winter garden. A low, clump-forming, tuberous perennial, it is native from eastern Bulgaria to western Azerbaijan, with disjunct subspecies in Northwest Iran and the Levant.
Relatively small, fuzzy tubers shaped like cheese wheels give rise in autumn to deep green, kidney-shaped to heart-shaped leaves with scalloped or toothed margins. The leaves of some plants have striking silver or pewter markings. The...
Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
(Perennial Cyclamen, Something Magic Cyclamen)
Truly magical is this selection from Terra Nova Nurseries. Cyclamen ‘Something Magic’ offers a compact plant with stunning foliage and large bright rose-pink blooms. One of the first plants propagated from tissue culture so the individual plants are uniform in size, color and growth requirements.
This is one of the hardiest cyclamen for garden use. Native to the mountains of Bulgaria, Turkey and Lebanon, C. coum is a tuberous perennial. Like many garden cyclamen,...
International Flower Bulb Centre
This hardy, durable, low-growing perennial offers charming flowers in late summer and handsome foliage through the chilly months. Native to southern Europe and westernmost Turkey, it has escaped gardens and established naturalized populations over much of the rest of Europe.
The gray- to dark-green, heart-shaped to lance-shaped leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium arise from underground tubers in late summer or early fall. The leaves are often strikingly marbled or veined with contrasting...
(Florists' Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen)
A familiar sight on the shelves of supermarkets and florist shops, this tender herbaceous perennial is native to the eastern Mediterranean. The rounded, heart-shaped leaves, which are sometimes strikingly marbled with silvery or pewter mottling, emerge in fall and are attractive well into spring. Purple, mauve, pink, or white flowers - with backswept, shooting-star petals - appear from late fall to early spring. They are often fragrant. The plant dies back to a rounded tuber in late spring. Many...
(Florist's Cyclamen, Miracle Flame Mix Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen)
Miracle Flame cyclamens bear pastel, pale-edged blooms on tidy compact plants. Miracle Series cyclamens are seed-propagated F1 hybrids selected and bred for production and sale as seasonal container plants. Like other florist's cyclamen cultivars they derive from Cyclamen persicum, a tender tuberous perennial from the eastern Mediterranean.
Miracle Series cyclamens form dense, compact, symmetrical mounds of handsome, heart-shaped, silver-mottled leaves that expand in fall or early winter....
(Florist's Cyclamen, Miracle Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen)
Compact and colorful, cyclamens in the Miracle Series are seed-propagated F1 hybrids selected and bred for production and sale as seasonal container plants. Like other florist's cyclamens they derive from Cyclamen persicum, a tender tuberous perennial from the eastern Mediterranean.
Miracle Series cyclamens form dense, compact, symmetrical mounds of handsome, heart-shaped, silver-mottled leaves that expand in fall or early winter. Solitary, nodding flowers with five backswept, upright...