Last summer my mother in law gave my wife and me a gloxinia plant. This is a nice flowering plant that is related to the African violet.
The way you raise this plant is most unusual. After its flowering is done, the plant starts to die off. When it is done dying, you throw it in a closet and forget about it until next spring. In the spring start watering again, and you get another round of plant and flowering.
This is what I have growing in my office:
The flower is vibrantly colored and has a nice smell.
The broad leaves are fuzzy.
These are buds that should bloom in the next few weeks. This little plant will be a spray of color before it is finished.