Pocketbook Plant (Calceolaria herbeohybrida) is a very popular beautiful flowering plant. The green leaves are large, up to 20 cm across, generally heart-shaped and grouped around the base of a single central stem. Above the leaves rise several branching stalks up to 60 cm tall, each carrying loose clusters of a pouch or slipper-shaped blooms, which differ in size, from 1 cm to 5 cm across and in color from yellow to red. Most of the blossoms are spotted or blotched with a contrasting color. It is ideal for indoors and outdoors.
Scientific Name: Calceolaria herbeohybrida
Synonyms: Calceolaria crenatiflora, Calceolaria multiflora
Common Names: Pocketbook Plant, Lady’s Purse, Slipper Flower, Pocketbook Flower, Slipperwort, Pouch.
How to grow and maintain Pocketbook Plant (Calceolaria herbeohybrida):
It thrives best in bright light but no direct sunlight which can scorch its leaves.
It grows well in well-drained, peat moss based potting mix.
Water regularly, always Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy and water very sparingly during winter. Avoid watering over the crown of the plant because it may rot.
It requires moist air. Stand the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to increase the humidity around the plant. Don’t mist because water may damage the soft foliage.
It thrives best in Cool temperature 45°F-50°F / 7°C – 10°C at night and 55°F – 60°F/ 13°C -16°C during the day.
Do not fertilize Pocketbook Plant while in bloom.
It can be easily propagated by seeds. Sow seeds anytime. These hybrids are slow-growing, though. You’ll wait 4-5 months for them to bloom.