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Calceolaria


Native from Mexico to Chile. Loose clusters of small pouchlike or slipperlike flowers, usually yellow but sometimes red-bronze or spotted with red or orange-brown. Bloom in spring 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 Herbeohybrida 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 ft. 15 in. high, 6 ft. 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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