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Calceolaria tomentosa - Yellow Slipper Flower

Remember those marshmallow "Peeps" they sell around Easter time?  This is nature's version of that!  Cute as a newborn chick, the Yellow Slipper Flower, Calceolaria tomentosa, has unusual, air-filled blossoms that are super bright yellow.  It's hard to capture their brightness in photos, but they are almost like light bulbs!  The plant comes from the cool Andes mountains around Peru, and it is sensitive to heat.  If you can provide the right conditions, it's an excellent collector's plant.  It is almost never seen for sale.

Calceolaria tomentosa - Yellow Slipper Flower

The Yellow Slipper Flower is a large evergreen vine with shoots that meander 6-8 feet long here in San Francisco.  It has unusual leaves that are fuzzy like velvet - hence the species name tomentosa, meaning "hairy" in Latin.  The genus name Calceolaria means "little shoe", referring to the slipper-shaped blooms.  These 2 inch flowers appear most months of the year, even in winter, when most other plants lack color.  As you can see, it makes lots of blooms!

Calceolaria tomentosa - Yellow Slipper Flower

The Slipper Flower prefers mild temperatures and cool nights.  It might not thrive if temperatures regularly get above 85F (29C), especially if nights are above 65F (18C).  I don't think it can handle frost.  It prefers filtered sun, and needs protection from strong afternoon sun.  The shoots may be tied to a trellis, sent up into neighboring bushes, or allowed to trail along the ground.  It prefers well-draining soil that is kept evenly moist.  Over about 50% humidity is best.  In the right conditions, it's a vigorous grower.

 

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