Known as pocketbook plant or pouch flower, this plant blooms gloriously for several weeks in spring, but is best regarded as short-term decoration for indoors, and discarded once flowering has finished.
The inflated, pouch-shaped flowers come in shades of white, yellow, orange, copper, and red, and most are blotched with other colors. The leaves are soft and bushy, clustered at the base of the plant, and up to 8 in. (20 cm) across. The Herbeohybrida Group is of garden origin with its parents originating in South America.
Size: Height 18 in. (45 cm).
Light: Indirect sunlight.
Temperature: Cool; prefers 50—60°F (10-15°C).
Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist.
Feeding: Not necessary.
Propagation: Sow seed in summer in a cool environment for flowering the following year. Not easy, and probably best left to the nurseryman.
Special needs: Watch for aphids, which love the lush growth, and keep shaded from bright sun, which will scorch the leaves.