Calceolaria herbeohybrida 

(cal-cee-o-lair' ee-ah her-bee-o-hi' bri-dah)

Common name: Pocketbook Plant, Slipper Flower, Pouch Flower

Family: Scrophulariaceae, Figwort

Height x width: 6-10" x 6-10"

Foliage: generally opposite, 4-6" long and 3-4" wide, ovate, crenate or dentate, roughly hairy (rugose)

Flowers: yellow, orange or red in either solid, spotted or bicolor; 1" across with swollen lower lip resembling a slipper, pocketbook or pouch; held in dense corymbs often covering foliage

Light: bright to filtered

Temperature: cool 55-65ºF

Watering: don't allow to dry between waterings

Humidity: average

Soil: well-drained is essential, very susceptible to overwatering

Pests and Problems: root and crown rots from too wet or fluctuations in watering, gray mold, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites; limp leaves indicate too dry

Growth habit, uses: flowering potted plant generally for late winter, early spring

Other interest: native to Central and South America; from the Latin calceolus meaning slipper, refering to the flower shape.

Other culture: older cultivars required a combination of short days and cool temperatures to bloom, the shorter the day the cooler the temperature; newer cultivars do not have this requirement, yet still need some cool; plants should be established in final container until leaves reach pot edges, at 60ºF; lower temperature to 50ºF for 6 weeks, then return to the original; crop time depends on daylength, with shorter days of winter as for a Valentine crop requiring 18-20 weeks, and 9-10 weeks for a Mother's Day crop.

Propagation: seed (½-1 million per ounce)


This species is composed of hybrids generally of crenatiflora, corymbosa, and cana. Sometimes 'Gold Fever' is listed under integrifolia.
Cultivar flowers other
'Anytime Mix' bicolor, spotted, solid very early, compact 6-8" tall
'Brite 'n Early' bright, solid 7-9" tall, large heads and florets
'Glorious Mix' bicolor, spotted, solid 8-10" tall, large heads
'Gold Fever' golden yellow, solid 6-8" tall, 8-10" wide, early 

©Authored by Dr. Leonard Perry, Professor, University of Vermont as part of PSS121, Indoor Plants.

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