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Calceolaria biflora ‘Goldcap’
Pocketbook Flower
Zone 5 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Rosette

Native to Chile and Argentina, this surprisingly hardy little alpine plant is unforgettable. It forms a low, ground-hugging rosette of hairy leaves, with wiry stems rising above in late spring, each bearing a pair of inflated golden-yellow pouch flowers marked with tiny red spots. Appreciates an evenly moist but well-drained soil, particularly good in a shady rock garden. Also worth trying in alpine trough gardens or gravel screes. Protect from hot afternoon sun. Although rated to Zone 5 this has been known to winter as cold as Zone 2 with reliable snow cover.

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Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade

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Soil pH

Soil Moisture

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Foot Traffic

Rate of Spread
Flower Colour

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring

Foliage Color
  Light Green

Plant Characteristics

Flower Head Size

   10-15 cm
   4-6 inches

   15-20 cm
   6-8 inches

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