CALCEOLARIA Slipper Flower (half hardy annual)

The Slipper Flower was a favourite bedding plant in Victorian times but it is no longer popular. But the bright masses of pouched flowers provide a colourful display all summer long when planted in tubs, window boxes or flower beds.

VARIETIES: Sowing a C. multiflora seed mixture will produce plants with large flowers in varied and brilliant colours; these hybridsare more commonly used aspot plants than bedding ones. The old yellow Bedding Calceolaria 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 – propagation from seed is not easy. In autumn pot up plants and overwinter under glass.

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