Calceolaria herbeohybrida, Pouch flower, Slipper flower, Slipperwort, Pocket book flower

Calceolaria herbeohybrida

Pouch flower, Slipper flower, Slipperwort, Pocket book flower
Family: Calceolariaceae    (Formerly:Scrophulariaceae)
Origin: Western South America
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeFull sunYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowers

Calceolaria herbeohybrida or Pouch Plant offers a multitude of cheerful, bright-colored flowers for the garden and pot. The charming, low-growing plant with its diverse range of white, off-white, red, crimson, vinous, yellow and orange flowers makes an ideal groundcover. It is an excellent choice for small gardens and patios in USDA Zones 10-11.

For growing in a pot, moisten the soil before planting and so it does not dry out too quickly. Make sure to find a spot that receives at least some sunlight each day. A few hours of direct sunshine is ideal, although Pouch Plant also tolerates some semi-shade. If you are growing them in a cool region, keep the potted plants inside during winter and early spring. When the weather warms up, they can be moved back out. When grown in the garden, Fertilize once in the spring, to promote better flowering. Deadheading will keep the plants looking neat, and will stop them from self-seeding. Container plants should be watered regularly, especially in summer, and when temperatures are very high.

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