Mark Griffiths Inspiring Plants

Cyclamen graecum - I think with the latest split of this species it now is confined to the Greek mainland and many of it's islands. Currently I have only C. graecum ssp. graecum. Similar in many ways to C.hederifolium it is another autumn flowering species. The leaves often have a velvety appearance and it is for the leaves that it is justifiably highly regarded.

The first two plants above are "Rhodope", the third "Glyfada".

Many years ago I came across thousands of these plants on the island of Spetses (see gallery below). Unfortunately not many were in leaf and the photo quality is poor but they give a feel of the flower shape and colour variation in the wild.