Cyclamens are perennial plants that are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. If I remember correctly, when I asked the woman who sold us the house in 2003 if she knew how they got here, she said that she would buy some in little pots every year. When they finished flowering in the spring, she would throw the plants out into the yard. They thrived. They've moved around the yard over the years, coming up in different spots. They grow from little tuber that resembles a beet. Both their leaves and their flowers are attractive and brighten up the winter.