This plant comes from the Mediterranean region near Turkey and Israel. It is generally a very tender plant that must be protected from frost. It is commonly grown as an indoor house plant. It is tolerant of filtered light but should be kept in a cool area at around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The blooms are unique in that the petals turn back away from the center. It almost looks like the blooms are attached to the wrong side of the stem. The leaves are heart-shaped with a decorative pattern on top.
Our Cyclamen Persicum was sold to us as a winter blooming annual. However, it grows from a tuber and, with proper care, can be enticed to bloom each fall / winter. The American Plant website has instructions for forcing the plant to bloom again the second year:
Cyclamen have the well deserved reputation of being difficult to bring into flower the second year. If you want to try it, after the plant finishes flowering, gradually reduce watering. When all the leaves have turned yellow, let the soil dry out almost completely. Store the plant in a cool place over the summer like the basement, or stairwell.
When growth resumes in Fall, repot the tuber in a composted potting soil, bring the pot into a bright room, and start watering. While leaves are developing, keep soil barely moist. Then increase watering and start fertilizing with a houseplant fertilizer.
Here is a gallery of photos of our Cyclamen Persicum: