The pocketbook plant is my absolute favorite new plant that I planted this year. Apparently I’m not alone in this -we received these in the garden center and they were literally all gone within a few days of receiving them. I was lucky to get my hands on just a few to have at my own home.
Pocketbook plants, also called pouch plants or slipper plants due to their pouch or pocket like flowers. The flowers stems are 8″ to 12″ tall above a mass of leathery green foliage. Blooms colors can be red, orange, yellow or a combination. The variety below is Calceolaria integrfolia ‘Calynopsis’. I love the stunning color combination of the yellow and red on this particular plant because they are so unusual and eye catching.
Pocketbook plants are typically suppose to be a cool season annual, lasting from early spring to early summer but mine seem to be defying the odds and are still blooming prolifically in the heat of summer. They can also be grown as a houseplant if kept in cooler temperatures and placed in medium to bright filtered light.
Once the season is done in Iowa, I plan to transition my outdoor pocketbook plants indoors. I’ve heard that they are often hard to get to re-bloom and would welcome any tips you have to offer in keeping these beauties blooming and beautiful for years to come.