|Cyclamen is a genus of tuberous
flowers in the family Pentandria Monogynia. Other names used for this genus
include Round Leav'd Cyclamen, Sowbread and Persian Violet.
Cyclamen Coum grows wild
in many parts of Italy and Germany, and is sometimes found with white flowers;
if the season be mild, or the plants sheltered from the inclemency of the
weather, this species will flower as early as February, or much earlier
by artificial heat.
As it grows naturally in
woods and shady places, it will thrive best in a mixture of bog-earth and
loam placed in a north border; if planted in the open border, it will require
to be covered with a hand-glass during winter, and in the spring, when
in bloom; the more usual method with gardeners is to preserve them in pots
in a common hot-bed frame, the advantage of this method is that they may,
at any time, be removed to decorate the parlour or the study.
The plants of this genus
admit of but little increase by their roots; the best method of propagating
them is by seed, which should be sown soon after they are ripe in boxes
or pots, and covered about half an inch deep, placing them where they may
have only the morning-sun, till the beginning of September, when they may
be removed to a warmer exposure.