autumn-flowering Cyclamen, British wildflowers, cyclamen, Cyclamen hederifolium, naturalised Cyclamen
What a fabulous sight these flowers were during a recent meander around one of Cardiff’s cemeteries!
These are Cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium), which may once have been a single bulb planted on a loved one’s grave by a grieving relative that have now spread and become naturalised, a common occurrence in the churchyards of southern Britain. They certainly brighten up the autumn landscape with their gorgeous subtle shades of lilac and purple.
Why Sowbread? Well, according to the National Records Scotland website, ‘It is often referred to as sow bread because the corms looked like small loaves and were thought to have been favoured by pigs in the wild.’ The website is worth a look for the other interesting information it provides.
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