After pollination, the five-petalled cyclamen flowers will then fade and each leafless flower stem will then coil on itself and wrap around the developing seed capsule at the end of each stem, at the same time bringing the capsule towards the ground.
During early summer the expanded seed capsules are ripe and start to split and several flaps of the capsule then begin to curl backwards and reveal the contents of the seedpod.
Initially the ant activity by the occasional foraging worker on a newly opening seed capsule was minimal. However, within a couple of days, the amount of ant activity often became frantic with numerous ants collecting or gorging!. Although we witnessed the white nutrient material being carried away by the ants, we did did not see ants carrying away the actual seeds.