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 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., 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.