If you ever doubt the inexplicable ways of plants, consider this.
After I blogged about a gloxinia having one beautiful bloom season and being too difficult to get to bloom again, I went to water my gloxinia and found an ENTIRE new set of leaves coming from beneath all the droopy, damaged and dying leaves and brown buds
Sure, it said. Diss me and I'll show you!
Time will tell if that new growth will sustain blooms. Until I find out, I'm treating it with the respect it evidently demands.