Flower of the Day Challenge: Cyclamen

Cyclamen hederifolium, the ivy-leaved cyclamen or sowbread, is a species of flowering plant in the family Primulaceae.

Its delicate, purple flowers are a most welcome sight in late winter or early spring. I photographed this patch on February 24th last year. It had naturalized itself on a sheltered bank on the verge of woodland. No other wild flowers had yet emerged, so I was delighted to see this spread of color in front of me!


It is often referred to as sowbread because the corms look like small loaves and are apparently a favorite food of wild pigs. Well, here’s a picture of the cyclamen corm – you can decide for yourself if they look like loaves of bread!

Photo from Carolyn’s Shade Garden

This is my submission to Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge: fancy submitting your own photo?


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