The genus Cyclamen comprises 24 species of tuberous perennials. Fully hardy species and cultivars make excellent rock garden plants in borders, or in raised beds. Originating from cool, humid environments, frost-tender Cyclamen can make great indoor plants (especially cultivars of Cyclamen persicum). They bring long-lasting colour to a well-lit room of filtered light, especially in the winter months. Even when they are not flowering, the heart-shaped foliage is very attractive. Different species of Cyclamen have different cultivation preferences, including light needs, and they flower at different times of the year. For instance, Cyclamen hederifolium, which flowers in the autumn, likes shadier conditions than Cyclamen persicum - which flowers in winter/spring and can tolerate full sun.