Botanical Name: Calceolaria herbeohybrida
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.
Clusters of these glorious, pouch-shaped blooms grow on tall stems above soft, light-green leaves. The heart-shaped leaves are deeply veined with scalloped edges, and reach 6 in (15 cm) across.
Keep plant in a place that is free from drafts and direct sun, both of which will scorch its soft leaves.
Many flower colors are available -- yellow, white, orange, red, maroon or copper, usually with red, purple or brown spots.
These hybrid plants are available in flower shops in spring, their natural bloom time.
Keep your plant cool and moist and you'll enjoy its masses of blooms for several weeks. Discard it after flowering has finished. It's an annual and won't bloom again.
Height: 12 in (30 cm)
Light: Bright light; no direct sun.
Water: Keep soil evenly moist at all times. This plant may not recover if the soil is allowed to dry out. Avoid watering over the crown of the plant because it may cause it to rot.
Humidity: Requires moist air. Stand the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to increase the humidity around the plant.
Temperature: Cool 45-50°F/7-10°C at night; 55-60°F/13-16°C during the day
Soil: Peat moss based potting mix
Fertilizer: Do not fertilize while in bloom.
Choose a plant with plenty of unopened buds and you'll enjoy several weeks of blooms.
Many cultivars are available, including 'Anytime Mixed' and 'Gold Fever'.