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Calceolaria tenella

Slipperwort

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.1m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourGolden yellow spotted red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Calceolaria tenella (Slipperwort). It produces a stalked clump which produces mid green leaves.

Characteristics

Annual, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Slipper flower

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Window boxes, bedding plants.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are hardy to frost tender, with a min of 5-7C. Most will prefer a sunny position but some will prefer a shady cool site, with moist but well drained soil. Try to incorporate a sharp sandy compost. They will dislike wet conditions in the winter.

Propagation

Propagation is by softwood cuttings in late spring or summer, or by seed in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly, leafhoppers, grey mould and red spider mite's.

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