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Cyclamen is a beautiful perennial that thrives in cool weather. It's frequently purchased from nurseries and florists to use as an accent plant in the house or as a gift plant.

Cyclamen grows from a tuber and can get as large as ten inches. The leaves are dark green to silvery and rounded or heart-shaped. The plant has recurved twisting flowers in red, pinks, and white.

Cyclamen grows best in a bright location without direct sunlight. Apply water to the soil when the soil surface begins to dry out. Cyclamen can decline in the heat and may go dormant during the warmest months of the year. But when it begins to cool off again, your cyclamen will come back to life, rewarding your patience with lovely blooms.


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