Calceolaria, also known as the Pocketbook Plant, is admired for its distinctive pouched flowers that resemble pocketbooks or slippers. This annual plant thrives in cool environments with moderate light. Although it can be demanding to care for, the beauty of the Lady Purse plant makes it worthwhile. It is a popular choice for indoor gardens due to its small size and suitability for pots while also adding vibrant colors to outdoor garden beds and borders.
Calceolaria plants are known for their stunning pouch-shaped blooms that grow in clusters on tall stems. The plant's main identification feature is the heart-shaped leaves, with scalloped edges and deep veins. The bloom time typically occurs in spring and summer, showcasing vibrant colors such as yellow, red, maroon, and pink, often with unique spots or patterns. These flowers can be found as both perennial and annual varieties, originating from Chile and South America. The plant's height and width can vary, ranging from 3 to 36 inches (7.5-90 cm) tall and 8 to 20 inches (20-50 cm) wide, depending on the variety. The foliage is characterized by dark green crinkly leaves, and the flowers appear in loose clusters with pouch-like or slipper-like shapes.