Calceolaria: flowers with a surprising shape

Agate presents its current favorite.
Within our collections, numerous illustrations or photographs deserve to be exhibited for their aesthetic quality or originality.Today, an illustration of Calceolaria, introduced by horticulturist Louis Van Houtte in 1843.

Since then, these little flowers, sometimes called "little shoes" or "ladies' purses", have enchanted our gardens with their unusual shape and shimmering colours.

Calceolaria (Van Houtte, M. L. et al., 1847).

Source of illustration : Van Houtte, M. L. et al., (1847). Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe (in French), Flora of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe, volume III.

This work, published in German, French and English, contains descriptions and figures of the rarest and most deserving plants newly introduced to mainland Europe and England, taken from Botanical magazine, Botanical register and Paxton's magazine of botany. It is enriched with historical, scientific, etymological, synonymic and horticultural notes, etc.

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