Wild cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium)

Common Name: Wild Cyclamen or Sowbread

Latin Name: Cyclamen hederifolium

Description: Heart shaped ivy like leaves and rounded flower

Season: autumn

Colour: pink or white

More Information: The common name of Sowbread is thought to originate from wild cyclamen being eaten by pigs. The name is similarly associated with pigs in eg France where it is called pain de pourceau.

Location: Woodland, hedgerow and river banks. The flowers above were photographed in the lanes above the River Teifi
Wild cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium)

Common Toadflax

Common Toadflax Linaria vulgaris

Common Name: Common Toadflax
Latin Name: Linaria vulgaris

Description: Long narrow leaves and growing up to 90 cm high into hedges.

Season: June to [sometimes] November

Colour: Yellow and gold into orange.

More Information: A splash of spring colour as autumn approaches – similar in shape to Snapdragons.

Location: Along the lanes and in banks under hedges throughout west Wales.

Sea campion

sea campion

Common Name: Sea campion

Latin NameSilene maritima

Description: Five petals and about 6 inches high

Season: Late May till September

Colour: White and palest pink

More Information: Can grow in the cliffs and tolerates salt

Location: Along the coast paths