Pinguicula

Butterworts are typically easy to grow and variable plants from very different environments worldwide. Tiny tentacles on their leaves give them their name (the genus translates to "Little Greasy Ones") and capture prey, and most are grown particularly for their flowers, which are often orchid-like in appearance and very colorful. 

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P. primuliflora "typical" -$10

This classic "beginners" warm-temperate plant produces rosettes of elliptical leaves that may reach 6 inches across in certain conditions, bright green but capable of developing reddish central veins in the leaves. Flowers are bright lavender with a white and yellow center, and this species is famous for budding off the ends of old leaves to form colonies.

Pinguicula esseriana x gigantea SG -$14

A cross with a lot of potential, developing thick green leaves with heavily curled edges tinged in white on the undersides, and sporting glands on both sides of the leaves. Adult plants could be anywhere from 3-6" in diameter (an estimate, they haven't matured yet), and flowers are likely to be delicate and mauve-pink, possibly with darker purple edges. This is still a selection from the original seed-grown individuals, so each may be slightly different in appearance/color as they grow.

Available plants are between 0.5-1.5" in diameter, still growing.

P. moranensis 'Huahuapan' x esseriana Clone A -$14

A compact Carlton Carnivores original hybrid reaching an average of around 2.5" in diameter, with a tight rosette of overlapping ovular leaves bearing curled edges that create a sharp-edged and pointed-tip appearance. Coloration is typically bright green throughout, with hints of pink blushing, though may develop deeper pinks depending on soil mixture and lighting strength. Flowers may appear at any time of year, though tend to cluster in late summer through winter, and are moderate size with obovate petals shaded in lavender-violet aging to pinkish lavender with darker blushing near the petal tips and a deeper grape coloration around the yellow palate and throat, particularly at the base of the upper petals.
Available plants currently are young rosettes around 0.5-1" in diameter.

P. moranensis 'Huahuapan' x sp. Tonala "ANPA A" -$12

The first release of this homemade cross; 'Huahuapan' develops massive rosettes of broad ovular leaves and loads of electric and deep violet flowers with elegant petals; "ANPA A" is slightly smaller but with flowers that display incredible contrast in pure white and deep purple marks around the throat. Their hybrid will surely be phenomenal once it blooms.

Currently available plants are young, around 1-1.5" in diameter.

P. sp. Tonala "ANPA A" x emarginata -$15

The first release of this homemade cross; the broad flat rosettes of "ANPA A" and curving, involute leaves with their red edges from emarginata make for an attractive vegetative plant that is likely to reach over 4" across, but the blooms are the most attractive feature; variable in appearance, the flowers maintain most of the brilliant white and purple contrast of the mother plant but develop mild to strong veining and slightly serrated petals of the father.

Currently available plants are young, around 1-1.5" in diameter.

P. moranensis 'Huahuapan' x emarginata -$14

The first release of this homemade cross; plants are developing broad flat-leaved rosettes of their moranensis parent but with the central and leaf-edge red tones of the pollen donor. They are likely to reach over 4 inches in diameter, and blooms are variable and phenomenal, ranging from electric violet with ghostly darker veins to shocking contrasts of deep violet and white that grow and pale out but retain their pattern with age. 
Currently available plants are seed-grown, around 0.75-2" in diameter.

Pinguicula gigantea x emarginata -$14

This homemade hybrid so far closely resembles the reverse cross but may have the potential to grow larger due to gigantea being the seed parent. Leaves are broad and ovular but have highly involute edges tinted reddish, as well as often sporting a red center. Flowers are likely to be of moderate size and a delicate violet laced with intricate veins.
Available plants are around 1.5-2" in diameter.

P. gigantea x esseriana -$12

Though crossed with one of the largest species in the group, this hybrid has remained quite diminutive for me thus far (though this may change once they are potted separately). Plants have reached up to 2" in diameter, with thick succulent leaves bearing strongly curled margins and colors of green with lighter undersides. Winter rosettes are slightly smaller and more densely packed. Flowers are so far unknown, but expected to be delicate shades of mauve.

Available plants are approximately 1-1.5" across in summer form, between 0.75-1" in diameter in winter.

P. cyclosecta "Yucca do 1714" x esseriana -$12

This is a relatively compact hybrid that develops rosettes of overlapping leaves up to around 2 inches in diameter, the leaves broadly ovular with curled edges and bright green, though under strong light the tentacles and leaf edges can flush purple. Flowers are composed of 5 roughly teardrop-shaped petals and open a rich electric violet mottled with white markings, before aging to a lilac-pink color.

Available plants are semi-mature, around 1 inch in diameter. Winter-phase plants are smaller and more compact.