PocketBook Plant? Care Guide

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,

“PocketBook Plant,” the real name is Calceolaria,  gets its name from the fact that the flowers have a pouch that makes them resemble a small purse or pocketbook. They are also called Slipper Flower plants. This is an annual, outdoor plant that can be grown in a pot, indoors.

Red Pocketbook Plant
PocketBook Plant


Care Tips:

Light: Place in bright indirect light, but not in direct sun

Water: When you water, water well enough so that the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Never allow the plant to sit in the excess water.  Wait until the top few inches of soil has dried out before watering again.

Sadly, once the flowers die, the plant rarely blooms again indoors.