Cyclamen plant facts to impress your friends

If you are the proud owner of a cyclamen plant, you will know just what a fantastic topic it can be. Resting on a table in your living room or kitchen, this plant will certainly catch the eye of your guests. Now, instead of simply admiring its beauty, you can impress your friends and family with thee interesting cyclamen flower facts!

Pig food

The cyclamen plant is not only pretty to look at. It is also added to pig feed in order to enhance the flavour of the meat. Pig farmers refer to the plant as ‘sowbread’.

Greek roots

Like many other plants, the name of the cyclamen plant has Greek origins. It comes from the word ‘kuklos’ which means circle. This is understandable when you analyse the shape of the flowers.

Medicinal uses

The cyclamen plant can be used in so many ways. It’s not just a beautiful addition to your home. Traditionally, it was used to treat wounds and boils. During the Renaissance, the leaves were used to treat ear aches. However, this is not necessarily effective. It is believed that the ear-like shape of the leaves is the reason behind this attempted form of pain relief. During the 16th century, the plant was used to induce childbirth.


If you have a dog or cat, make sure that you keep it away from your cyclamen. The plant is toxic to your fluffy family members.


All flowers have at least one meaning and your cyclamen plant is no different. Its blooms are associated with departure so you should definitely consider sending such a plant to anyone who is moving house or even retiring.

There you have it! A few simple yet fascinating facts about the cyclamen plant. Not only have you broadened your own general knowledge, but you can share these facts with your friends and loved ones too!