Common Name: Spring sowbread
Cyclamen repandum, with its distinctive heart-shaped leaves, is native to the Mediterranean but does well in our damper climate. It blooms in spring, with erect, purple-pink flowers (hence, the species name - repandum is Latin for bent back or turned up.)
From Erica's Notebook: Cyclamen are mostly from around the Mediterranean; their greatest concentration is in Greece, Italy and the former Yugoslavia. They may bloom in the spring, e.g. Cyclamen coum and C repandum, or in the fall after the first rains, such as C. hederifolium. The tubers may live to a ripe old age, 100 years or more! Cyclamen are in the Primulaceae family, and ants are largely responsible for dispersal of their seeds [myrmecochory].