An aestivating long-lived perennial commonly cultivated in parks and gardens and reproducing by seed in dry, shaded positions, often under the canopy and against the roots of large trees. The self-fertile flowers arise laterally from initially leafless tubers at the soil surface, and seeds can be carried hundreds of metres, principally by ants. Lowland.
C. hederifolium was introduced into Britain before 1596, and seems to be increasingly frequent in woodlands and hedgerows near to, or as a relic of, former cultivation. It was apparently first recorded from the wild as early as 1597. It may be over-recorded for other naturalised Cyclamen species.
Native of S. Europe and W. Turkey.
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Atlas text references
1995. Flora dels Països Catalans, III. Pirolàcies-Compostes.
1997. Cyclamen : a guide for gardeners, horticulturalists and botanists.
1996. Flora Britannica.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.