Cyclamen, or Sowbread, a decorative plant native to the Caucasus and the Mediterranean region. The cyclamen is widely cultivated in greenhouses in the United States. The leaves are heart- or kidney-shaped. The flowers, which range from white to numerous shades of red, face downward with petals pointing up. Common varieties are scentless.The cyclamen has heart-shaped leaves and white or red flowers.
The cyclamen is commonly raised from seed in greenhouses and from tubers in home gardens. Its common name, sowbread, refers to the fact that wild hogs of southern Europe feed on the tubers.
Cyclamen is a genus of the family Primulaceae, and is related to the primrose. Cyclamens grown by florists are hybrids developed from C. persicum.