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Slipperwort Calceolaria crenatiflora

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Phonetic Spelling
kal-see-oh-LAY-ree-ah kren-ah-tih-FLOR-ah
Description

Calceolaria crenatiflora, or the Pocketbook plant, is a tender herbaceous perennial grown as half-hardy annual. It is typically a greenhouse plant in northern climates, but can be grown in the open if its temperature, moisture, and light requirements are met. It prefers temperatures in the low to mid 60s F, slightly humid conditions, soil that is well drained and slightly damp, and a site that is out of direct sun. Avoid sites that are too warm or subject to drafts because it will invite aphids. Root and crown rot can be a problem if the soil is too wet or watering is inconsistent.

The plant has very unusual and distinctive flowers and most owners of this plant bypass the requirements and enjoy the blooms by purchasing a potted plant in the spring, forcing the plant into bloom, pinching them back to extend the blooming and keep the form of the plant, then discarding the plant after the blooms have faded. The 1 inch flowers with a lower lip resembling a pocketbook display in a dense mass of yellow, orange or red and the colors can be solid, spotted or bicolor.  

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#annual#high maintenance#potted
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#annual#high maintenance#potted
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Calceolaria
    Species:
    crenatiflora
    Family:
    Calceolariaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and South America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    One inch blossoms in yellow, spotted with orange-brown,red or rose-pink with a swollen lower lip resembling a pocketbook. Dense mass of flowers often covering the foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants