The Slipper Flower was a favourite bedding plant in Victorian times but it is no longer popular. But the bright masses of pouchedprovide a colourful all summer long when planted in tubs, window boxes or flower beds.
VARIETIES: Sowing a C. multifloramixture will produce plants with large in varied and brilliant colours; these hybridsare more commonly used aspot plants than bedding ones. The old yellow Bedding was C. rugosa – a much improved modern hybrid is ‘Sunshine’.
SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1 ft.
Spacing: 9 in.
Flowering period: June-October.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Usually bought as bedding plants –from is not easy. In autumn pot up plants and overwinter under glass.