Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Calceolaria, from a Latin word signifying a shoemaker, the name of a genus of Scrophulariaceae which are favourites in gardens from their showy two-pouched flowers, bearing a faint resemblance to a shoe. They are herbaceous or shrubby, with simple leaves in pairs or threes, often viscid or hairy, two stamens, and a yellow, white, or purple corolla. The genus is wild in South America to the west of the Andes, occurring at an altitude of 11,000 feet near Quito, in the South, and in the Falkland Islands. Many beautiful hybrid forms have been raised in cultivation.