Most plants that have experienced the summer find rest in autumn as they follow a common earth-tone color. Red, yellow, orange and brown are normal. Then there are those radical plants that seem to rebel against this trend. One unexpected colors of fall comes from the cyclamen flowers. Not only do they provide a fresh shift from the "dying or resting theme" of those plants that have gone through the rigors of summer, they also provide a renewed crisp life of the season. Since there are very few varieties of flowers in bloom, I had the luxury of observing this plant more closely than usual.
The cyclamen flower starts in a droopy position with the end tip of the petals pointing downwards. The petals are folded in a very organized manner and twisted tightly together forming a beautiful pendant that gracefully hangs on the long pedicel.
The petals turn upward, one at a time. Flowers exhibiting this tendency are called "reflexed flowers". This phenomenon in directional growth of plant parts can be explained by a differential growth on the opposing surfaces any plant part. In the case of the cyclamen flowers, growths on the opposite surfaces of the petal are not the same. The inner surface undergoes a faster cell division or elongation than the other side.