Eastern Sowbread - Cyclamen coum


The leaves tend to be much more rounded than Cyclamen hederifolium and the flowers have a basal M-shaped purple zone on each corolla lobe.

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Often found as a garden escape and close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers in the very early spring from January through to April.

Life History

Tuberous perennial.

UK Status

Infrequent but widespread in the wild in England and Wales.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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