Cyclamen is a short herbaceous perennial geophyte with mainly heart-shaped leaves and long stems. Flowers appear in autumn, in shades of rose pink. Leaves appear during flowering, variable in shape.
Cyclamen hederifolium is one of the most widespread species in the wild and grows in southern France, southern Switzerland, Italy, most of the Balkans, Greece, west and south western Turkey and on many of the Mediterranean islands. Cyclamen hederifolium grows in shade, in woodland and scrubs, from sea level to 1300m.