Although a number of Calceolaria species can be found, it is usually the colorful hybrids that are grown.
With interesting 'slipper type' flowers these plants are from South America and are also known as 'Pocket Book Flowers'.
Mostly grow from seed some are a biennials, readily available in late winter to early spring and sold in containers. The green foliage disappears below the masses of flowers, usually yellow flecked with crimson.
Others are perennials, however these have smaller flowers and are not as widely grown.
- Calceolaria uniflora - Darwins Slipper Flower
- Calceolaria crenatiflora - Reaches around 6 - 12 inches
- Calceolaria corymbosa - Slipper Flower from Chile and Argentina, taller growing to 2 ft.
- Calceolaria cana - Pink flowering species from Chile, reaches around 18 inches
- Calceolaria integrifolia - Tall growing to around 6ft
And we have Calceolaria herbeohybrida - The commonly grown hybrids
PropagationPropagation is by digging and dividing established clumps. Also grown from seed.
Where to buy
Generally available for sale at nurseries from spring through to summer