Slipper Flower is an exotic plant that is a favorite of many gardeners. Well-known for its large, puffed up blooms, Calceolaria is commonly referred to by many names: Lady Slipper, Slipper Flower, Pocketbook Plant, or Slipperwort. It is a treasured flower to Victorian era gardeners with its cheerful, dotted blooms.Calceolaria generally grown indoors is the Calceolaria herbeohybrida. These have a very decorative foliage and flowers but can be kept only for a single season. Calceolaria herbeohybrida life span indoors is about a month or several weeks of flowering time.There are about 300 species of Calceolaria, but the vast majority of those commonly cultivated are hybrids of the Chilean species Calceolaria crenatiflora.They are commonly known as Pocketbook Plants, Pouch Flowers or Slipper Flowers.
Calceolarias are soft stemmed biennials that form compact, mounding plants that grow 6″-15″ tall, depending on the cultivar. They have soft, light green, deeply textured 3″ leaves with scalloped edges, but the foliage tends to disappear under the masses of unique, brightly colored, 1½” Pouch Flowers as they begin to open.
Pocketbook Plant gets its name from the puffy, brightly colored flowers that look like pouches or slippers. Other common names for this unusual-looking plant are Slipper Flower and Slipperwort. Many flower colors are available — yellow, white, orange, red, maroon or copper, usually with red, purple or brown spots. Pocketbook plant is forced into bloom, sold, then discarded once the blossoms have faded. Its outstanding characteristic is the unusual flowers. They come in a range of colors: yellow, orange or red and are either solid, spotted or bicolor. They are one inch across with a swollen lower lip resembling a slipper, pocketbook or pouch and are held in dense corymbs often covering the foliage.