Cyclamens are a type of bulb plant native to the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. They are popular indoor plants because they provide up to eight weeks of brilliant colors. Grocery stores and florist shops begin stocking on cyclamen before Halloween, and the plants remain on shelves until Christmas. Cyclamen have swept-back flowers that resemble shooting stars, and the leaves have beautiful silvery patterns. The plants live for years and bloom annually when they properly taken cared of.
Most cyclamen sold as houseplants are tropical cyclamen. These plants can't tolerate temperatures under 40° Fahrenheit. Garden nurseries usually sell hardy cyclamens, which tolerate outside temperatures in USDA zones 5 to 7. Hardy cyclamen grow outdoors in USDA zones 8 and 9, but they may not bloom well because conditions are too hot and dry.
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