The Cyclamen genus includes about 23 species of perennial plants in the Primulaceae family. Cyclamen species are endemic to the Mediterranean region and Europe.
Cyclamen are loved for their showy flowers, raised petals, and leaves with different patterns. The flowers of the species are white, lavender –white, or rose pink. Flowering Cyclamen are frost-sensitive hybrids from C. persicum.
They have dark green, basal tufts of leaves with long stems often colored with silvery spots or stripes. The solitary flowers with reflexed and twisted bloom on leafless stalks rise 6 to 9 inches tall from winter through spring.
Unlike the flowering cyclamen, the other cyclamen species are made up of several different plant species that are generally smaller (2 to 5″ tall) and have better winter resilience.