Gloxinias were discovered in Columbia and Venezuela in 1739. A relative of the African Violet family it prefers similar growing conditions, so when your gloxinia plant stops flowering, just be patient, it will soon be flowering again. If you have a green thumb with violets, you probably will have good luck with a gloxinia. Velvety bell shaped flowers with scalloped edges, and broad fuzzy green foliage add up to the unique characteristics of this luxurious plant. The blooms are gorgeous... I found myself compelled to touch them... they feel like a swatch of fine silk velvet fabric.
(Click on the image to see a close-up of the impasto paint that creates the blooms.)