A Cyclamen Resource Guide

By: Phil Van Soelen

Phil Van Soelen is the co-owner with Sherrie Althouse of California Flora Nursery, a small, unconventional nursery devoted to California…

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As a companion to articles by Richie Steffen and Mary Wilbur on cyclamen in the October 2008 and July 2009 issues of Pacific Horticulture, we offer the following resource guide to sources of plants and further information about these choice, drought-tolerant, geophytic plants. All make exceptional gardens plants in dry shade, notable for both their flowers and their striking foliage.

Nursery Sources
The following nurseries stock a good selection of species and selected forms of cyclamen.

Hansen Nursery
PO Box 1228
North Bend, OR 97459
541/759-3539
www.hansennursery.com
Mail order, offering at least a dozen species

Arrowhead Alpines
PO box 857
Fowlerville, MI 48836
517/223-3581
www.arrowheadalpines.com
Online catalog and mail order

Big Dipper Farm
26130 SE Green Valley Road
Black Diamond, WA 98010
360/886-8133
www.bigdipperfarm.com
Online catalog, mail order, and walk in

Edelweiss Perennials
29800 South Barlow Road
Canby, OR 97013
503/263-4680
www.edelweissperennials.com
Online catalog and mail order

McClure & Zimmerman
PO Box 368
Friesland, WI 53935-0368
www.mzbulb.com
Online catalog and mail order

Mt. Tahoma Nursery
28111 – 112th Avenue E
Graham, WA 98338
www.backyardgardener.com/mttahoma
Online catalog and mail order

Russell Graham, Purveyor of Plants
4030 Eagle Crest Road NW
Salem, OR 97304
503/362-1135
Email: grahams@open.org
Mail order

Please be sure to mention Pacific Horticulture when contacting any of these vendors.

For Further Research
The following short list of books offers further information for the serious grower of cyclamen.

Grey-Wilson, Christopher. Cyclamen: A Guide for Gardeners, Horticulturists and Botanists. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2003.

_____. The Genus Cyclamen. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1988.

Leeds, Rod. Autumn Bulbs. London: BT Batsford, 2005

Mathew, Brian. The Cyclamen of Turkey. The Cyclamen Society, 2001.

The Cyclamen Society, based in the United Kingdom, has members around the world. The website www.cyclamen.org is filled with helpful information on additional references, nomenclature, cultivation, sources of plants and seed, and reports of expeditions throughout the Mediterranean to study and collect cyclamen.

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