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Any of various plants of the genus Calceolaria native from Mexico to South America and widely cultivated for their showy, speckled, slipper-shaped flowers. Also called slipper flower.

[New Latin Calceolāria, genus name, from Latin calceolus, small shoe; see calceolate.]


(Plants) any tropical American scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Calceolaria: cultivated for its speckled slipper-shaped flowers. Also called: slipperwort
[C18: from Latin calceolus small shoe, from calceus]
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Noun1.calceolaria - any garden plant of the genus Calceolaria having flowers with large inflated slipper-shaped lower lipcalceolaria - any garden plant of the genus Calceolaria having flowers with large inflated slipper-shaped lower lip
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Calceolaria - large genus of tropical American herbs and shrubs with showy cymose flowers
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It is dull work giving orders and trying to describe the bright visions of one's brain to a person who has no visions and no brain, and who thinks a yellow bed should be calceolarias edged with blue.
For instance, Herbert asserts that a hybrid from Calceolaria integrifolia and plantaginea, species most widely dissimilar in general habit, 'reproduced itself as perfectly as if it had been a natural species from the mountains of Chile.
Tight beds of geranium, calceolaria, and lobelia speckled the glass-plat, from whose centre rose one of the finest araucarias(its other name by the way is "monkey-puzzler"), that it has ever been my lot to see.
Shoot in a rose, or a calceolaria, or an herbaceous border, or something, I gather, and you have made a formal proposal of marriage without any of the trouble of rehearsing a long speech and practising appropriate gestures in front of your bedroom looking-glass.
Calceolarias, or slipper plants, flower during July and August.
But Florentina could still see the men from the war, the dirty war, thrown without parachutes out of airplanes and flying for a moment with eyes closed, perhaps opening their eyelids for a moment--drawing their last map before the cold and air turned them into vapor, into sky mist that would fall on yellow calceolarias, purple vetches, and pinky-white cactus flowers the color of a drag queen's dog.
While all this Bromeliad action was unfolding we were also seeing many Heliconia species, Fuchsias, Orchids, Aroids, Bomareas and notably different coloured Calceolarias.
1 "MY GARDEN IS GLOOMY AND DARK" [much greater than] Brighten it with a mix of vibrant perennials and trees PLANT SUNNY HUES Two tall and feathery locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'), with yellow-green foliage, and mounds of yellow-flowered calceolarias enliven the mostly green palette.