The plant is as seen below, in the photographs, and is similar to cyclamen / sow bread in all respects, but I am absolutely certain that the flower belongs to neither, and the only other plant that comes to mind is a buckflower. Am I right?

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It is one of the Heuchera/Heucherella varieties, of which there are many, probably hundreds. Heucherella is a cross between Heuchera and Tiarella - Tiarella tends to produce longer flower stems. As to which exact variety you have, given the range of plants in this category, it's hard to be precise, but it might be something like Heuchera 'Paris' - information and some images here https://www.plantdelights.com/blogs/articles/coral-bells-heuchera-plant-varieties

The flowers on these varieties are usually fairly insignificant - they are grown for their decorative leaves more than anything else, and their ability to tolerate a fair bit of shade. So far, the only Heuchera which produces noticeable and attractive, bright red flowers is Heuchera sanguinum, like the variety 'Firefly'; this is one of the original Heucheras prior to breeding and crossing, and it has plain green leaves. The common name 'coral bells' refers to the bright red flowers on the original plant.

  • Alright, - I accept that it is, and that mine has mutated a little or has gone a little wild (plus, as you say, the flowers tend to be somewhat insignificant). It probably does not like the garden much, either, seeing as the garden appears to have been used as a local tip up until recently and has very poor (probably acid) soil.
    – user19777
    Aug 26, 2018 at 11:15
  • I;m not sure its 'mutated' - its probably as its meant to be, by and large.
    – Bamboo
    Aug 26, 2018 at 11:16
  • Fair enough, - I will try not to hold you to that if I go outside one morning and get eaten by it...
    – user19777
    Aug 26, 2018 at 11:51
  • So long as you don't eat IT, you'll be fine!
    – Bamboo
    Aug 26, 2018 at 11:53

It looks like it wants to belong to the Saxifrages, a rosette of palm shaped leaves with a long spike/raceme of flowers. However this one is on steroids, perhaps sitting in the garden of a scientist who brought one from a remote region and gave it a favourable environment.

If by buckflower you mean Eriogonum thymoides, these have flowers in a head, but the picture shows a raceme, a spike with flowers on short stalks so maybe the answer to your specific question would be no.

  • My apologies, - I meant Buckwheat, not Buckflower. Heuchera is one of the Saxifragaceae family, if I am not mistaken, so, like Bamboo, and Kevinsky, I think you have got the general identification of the plant ...and, yes, things in my garden have a habit of being a bit wild; but this is North Wales, where plants are plants and weeds are nervous...
    – user19777
    Aug 26, 2018 at 11:04

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