Thursday, August 12, 2010

Variegated Cyclamen

In the early spring our front yard is blessed with a carpet of fuchsia/pink and white cyclamen flowers. Last year, I spent hours and hours photographing them to obtain a small batch of photos I was very pleased with. Thus, I thought I was pretty on top of the cyclamen population.

Imagine my surprise when I found this speckled, purple and white specimen behind our garbage can. It was the day before garbage pick-up, and I was in the process of cramming all the yard waste I could into the can when I saw this one tiny flower.

A Google search of "variegated cyclamen" yielded some very good examples, but nothing quite like this flower. A genetic freak, perhaps?


  1. it is a genetic freak!!! Most often that is found in tulips, like the parot tulips. The cool thing would be to see if it happens again next year, or if a seedling has the same characteristic. Cool! I love cyclamen.

  2. Good to know! Sadly, I kinda crushed the poor thing while arranging it for some of the photos. I think I'll mark the spot so I can keep an eye out for further freaks.