What is this plant: Cyclamen

What is this plant? How do I care for this plant?


Hi Carla,

How to identify and care for a cyclamen plant

Your plant is a cyclamen. During the fall and winter, indoor cyclamen plants need bright indirect light. When your cyclamen becomes dormant sometime in the spring and the leaves  and flowers die, put the plant in a darker, cooler area until it starts to produce new leaves in the fall.

Allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering your cyclamen. These plants should always be watered from the bottom and never watered in the very center of the plant. Once your cyclamen starts to droop a little, place it in a saucer of water for 10 minutes. Allow the excess water in the soil to drain before returning the plant to its decorative container. Cyclamen leaves do not like to be wet, so do not mist and keep them dry at all times.

Feed a Cyclamen house plant monthly in the fall and winter when it’s actively growing with a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

You can read all my care tips for a cyclamen in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.


These plants are poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.