Welcome! We're the Twin Cities Chapter of the Gesneriad Society. Please view our site and share your thoughts and comments with us.
Gesneriads belong to a large family of plants with over 3200 species and countless hybrids. You've probably already met the African violet and Lipstick vine, the Florist's Gloxinia and the Cape Primrose but why don't you join us in getting to know even more members of this great family!
Sometimes rescuing a plant from the Big Box store is worth the effort. This plant wasn't showing any bloom when I bought it, but I was hoping it would be lovely, (I've never met a Gloxinia that wasn't lovely).
It surprised me in many ways.
Not only was it really cool and spotty, like the first photo, but some of the flowers were variable! This one is right next to the spotted one as you can see, and it has much less coloration.
I just love the spots. You can see the connected stamen down in the flower's tube along with the pistil too.
I encourage plant rescue! The life you save may bring you lots of good photo ops.