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Calceolaria
Half Hardy Perennial
Eighteen inches.
Shades of yellow and brown. Flowers June to October.

Calceolaria

The Calceolarias which are available for the open border belong to the shrubby Bedding or Rugosa section, and must be distinguished from the race with gorgeous spotted and marbled flowers in many colours, which is called Herbaceous or Hybrid, and is only suitable for culture under glass.
The shrubby Calceolaria are very nearly hardy on dry soil and in a moderate winter, but there is no need to risk one’s stock thus, as cuttings made in September will come safely through the hard weather with the protection of a frame, if the lights be covered with mats during severe frost. Slips of side-growth and tops that have not flowered should be taken off, and dibbled in boxes of sandy soil, a fair amount of water may be given at first, but during the winter the boxes should be require no moisture.
In February or March the cuttings should be potted singly in “thumbs”, and finally planted out in the open early in May, as their constitution enables them to make light of a degree or two of spring frost.
They are best grown together in masses or beds, and the soil should be good and not too light; too much sun and a dry-root run will hit them hard; they like a moist bottom and will do well in partial shade. Once established in congenial quarters they should require little attention all the summer beyond the removal of dead flower-heads; no sticks or tying are necessary for Calceolarias.
Reproduction by cuttings – with an occasional importation of a fresh strain to prevent deterioration – is the best way to maintain a stock of plants; but those who prefer to raise Calceolarias from seed can easily do it with the help of a moderate hotbed. Sow the seed (which is very fine, and needs delicate handling) in boxes or pots of fine rich soil at the end of February, and raise like other half-hardy things in a temperature between 70° and 55°. Follow the ordinary routine of pricking off, re-potting if necessary, and planting out when hardened.
The shrubby Calceolarias most generally grown are of a strong buttercup yellow, but there are also strains with light sulphur and with dark chestnut or sienna brown flowers.

See also Slipperwort

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