When I bought this for a dollar and a half? at the Beltsville Garden Club Spring Plant Sale, it was just a small rooted cutting in a 3" plastic pot. Not knowing exactly what to do with it, I stuck it pot and all, in one of our large mixed bowls on the back deck. I figured it would get enough water to survive and at some point I'd deal with it....Well I forgot completely about it till this week Karen pulled out something and there it was. It had more than doubled in size and was flowering. Go figure.
Because it's a gesneriad, the fuzzy leaves and colorful tubular flowers make sense. Ever a fan of the overstated, I love the brilliantly bicolored spots and stripes. There are apparently a number of species in the genus, formerly Isoloma, all native to Central or South America. I've read the name before but not seen a specimen previously. This appears to be an easy plant to grow and would seem to be a good candidate for a flowering houseplant.