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Calceolaria


Native from Mexico to Chile. Loose clusters of small pouchlike or slipperlike flowers, usually yellow but sometimesred-bronze or spotted with redor orange-brown. Bloom inspring and summer. Plants have dark green, crinkly leaves.

Calceolaria Herbeohybrida 'Multiflora', photo courtesy of Rufus Rufus/F1 Online/Photolibrary
Calceolaria Herbeohybrida 'Multiflora', photo courtesy of Rufus Rufus/F1 Online/Photolibrary

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Calceolaria Herberohybrida Group

This is the florists’ calceolaria that produces masses of velvety, inch-long yellow or red flowers, often spotted and marbled. Plants are usually grown from seed sown in spring or summer in light, porous soil; they are ready for final potting or planting out in fall. Calceolaria can reach a height of 2 1/2 ft., but some strains reach only 9’15 in. high, 6’12 in. wide. Even where plants winter over, they are usually discarded after flowering. Give bedding and outdoor potted plants partial or full shade.

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