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Calceolaria species unidentified

This is probably one of the many garden hybrids or varieties developed in the 1840s and 50s.  Later editions of Paxton's Dictionary comment on Calceolaria ringens: ‘Garden varieties – these are too numerous to allow even a select list; many however are very beautiful.’  See also Calceolaria lutescens Hort.

Horticultural & Botanical History

no additional data.


History at Camden Park

Macarthur placed an order for the finest Calceolaria seed with James Carter, Florist and Seedsman of High Holborn, on 8th of April 1846 [MP A2933-1, p.128].  On 8th April, 1846, he also placed an order for ‘the finest shrubby’ and ‘the finest herbaceous’ Calceolarias with Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London [MP A2933-1, p.132].  Calceolarias were popular Florist’s flowers at this time with numerous named varieties appearing each year.  These seeds would certainly have been obtained from these improved plants.


Published Sep 24, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Last updated Aug 17, 2011 - 04:35 PM

Family Scrophulariaceae
Region of origin

Probably of garden origin

Common Name

Lady?s slipper

Name in the Camden Park Record


Confidence level high