It’s a good thing the Spoiler doesn’t know anything about plants really.
Every so often I’ll show him one of these in bloom, as they are almost constantly, and he’ll mumble, “They didn’t look like that when I were growing up.”
Surely not. African violet breeding has come a long way. These look great even when not in bloom because of the variegation in the leaf. The only drawback–no more of that propagation in water like our grandmothers used to do. That’s why they’re called “ephemerals.”