Cyclamen Graecum


Greek cyclamen                                                                                    Κυκλάμινο


Primulaceae - primrose family                                                                      Dicot.

 
 

These beautiful flowers appear as if from nowhere after the first autumn rains. Growing amongst the trees, on the roadsides and in the olive groves, sometimes springing from small crevices in bare rocks. They are abundant in areas of burnt forest.

The flowers vary from bright to palest pink, the pale flowers having deeper markings at the base of petals. They are held on smooth curved unbranched leafless stems.The flowers are supported on smooth curved stems with the flowers facing down, in an unusual posture typical of cyclamens, the petals are reflexed forming two protuberances (auricles) at the angle of each petal.

The leaves which appear after the flowers are heart shaped, bright green on upper surface with beautiful markings and purple on underside.

 

3-3.5cm 10-17cm                                                                                           JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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