Eastern Sowbread - Cyclamen coum

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
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    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map