In the House
*Also known as florist’s cyclamen and sow bread
With long, graceful stems, cyclamen flowers seem to float above the rest of the plant. The flowers range from white to many shades of pinks and reds. The leaves are rounded with marbling. In regions where it can be grown outdoors, it usually blooms in late winter or early spring. The folk name sow bread comes from the practice of feeding the roots of this plant to pigs.
Associated with fertility and lust, the root has been dried, powdered, and baked into little cakes as an aphrodisiac as well as to make someone fall in love. It has also been used to attract love.
Incorporate the plant into the decor for a handfasting ceremony, or sprinkle petals on the wedding bed. To keep the fires of passion burning, use the plant as a centerpiece or strew a few petals on the table for anniversary dinners. Cyclamen is also associated with protection and sleep. In addition to sparking love, a plant in the bedroom can protect the sleeper from negativity and banish nightmares.
Cyclamen is associated with the element water and the goddess Hecate. Its astrological influence comes from Venus.