Mark Griffiths Inspiring Plants

Cyclamen alpinum - from Turkey. It used to be called C. trochopteranthum which I think means like a windmill which is a good description of it's most obvious feature. Unfortunately C.alpinum  was the prior name and so we need to stick with that. At least I can spell it without looking it up. The leaves tend to look like C. cilicium's and there are some non reflexed forms of C.coum so looking for a solid basal blotch is a good way of confirming you have C.alpinum.


I don't find it an easy plant to grow here in my current location. It used to grow well in my previous greenhouse. I find that I give it water and it then suffers from mould. I keep it dry and there are only a few leaves and flowers. It's said it grows on serpentine rock soil and that tends to include a lot of base metals which inhibits fungus and therefore in normal soils it's much more prone to issues. I don't know if that is true.


I started trying this in a frame. The plants are a lot wetter but get a lot more fresh air. They seem to be much happier under those circumstances. 


The flowers vary from white with a basal blotch through pale pinks to magenta.