Cyclamen a concise guide is the latest publication from The Cyclamen Society. Cyclamens are familiar to most people and are popular garden plants. They are tuberous perennial plants in the family Primulaceae, with currently 24 species being recognised in the genus. They are native to the Mediterranean area, and with few exceptions they are dormant in the summer, although in suitable conditions and under cultivation some species will flower in summer. There are also species and cultivars that are hardy enough to flower in spring and autumn in temperate climates.
This handy guide is packed with useful information about the genus, it’s cultivation in different situations, growing from seed and exhibiting, as well as information on pest and diseases and a guide to classification. Two thirds of the book is devoted to a species by species guide with each entry including a description, as well as notes on distribution and habitat, the yearly growth cycle, forms and cultivars and cultivation. Each species account is accompanied by several colour photographs.
Nomenclature is up to date and details of any changes are noted in the entries for each species, making the book a useful resource to supplement older more extensive treatments on the genus.