Charlie’s folks brought us this lovely cyclamen last evening — I think their blooms are so unique and their foliage is almost as pretty as the blooms.
I discovered a multitude of interesting facts about this plant, including that it grows from a tuber (who knew?) and that they are known for their delicate taste and people from all over the world have been known to eat them. People worldwide have also been known to pick off the petals and use them in tea.
The genus is most widely known by its scientific name Cyclamen being taken into common usage; other names occasionally used include Sowbread and sometimes, confusingly, Persian violet (it is not related to the violets), or primrose (neither is it a primrose).
It surely is a pretty plant and here’s hoping I don’t kill it. I, unfortunately, don’t have much luck with houseplants. I believe the light is the key factor, all of our windows being on one side of the building. It’s certainly a bright spot at the end of the gardening season.