PocketBook Plant?

I saw a really neat plant and the tag said “PocketBook Plant.” Is that really the name of the plant? Can I grow it as a houseplant?

Hi Suzy,

There is a plant that has the nickname “PocketBook Plant,” the real name is

Calceolaria. It gets its name from the fact that the flowers have a pouch that makes them look like small purses or pocketbooks.

Red Pocketbook Plant

PocketBook Plant

You can grow them as houseplants in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering them. Once the flowers die, you can’t get the plant to re-bloom indoors so I usually just throw the plant out.