Pinguicula

With a Latin name translating as "little greasy ones," these very sundew-like carnivorous plants are famous for their brightly colored flowers. Many are very easy to grow, and prefer dimmer conditions than most other carnivorous plants; some may do very well in strong sun, but the majority are happy in bright indirect light or artificial illumination. Great for windowsills or under lamps.

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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.

P. rotundiflora x hemiepiphytica -$10

This is an attractive and easy-growing Mexican butterwort, developing flat or mounded rosettes of broad, rounded leaves with involute edges. Under good light, they readily flush mild to bright pinkish-red especially on the margins, and in the height of summer produce several stalks each bearing a singular large, hot pink flower with narrow petals. Available plants are around 1.5-2" in diameter, but when potted alone can reach over 4" across.

P. "Aphrodite Imposter" -$9

Originally sold to me as the cultivar 'Aphrodite,' this plant has similar tapered, fleshy leaves in rosettes up to 5" across that can blush bright red in good light, but the flowers are very distinct from the true cultivar, a brighter vibrant hot pink with a whitish throat patch and with more slender petals.

Currently plants just over 1.5-2" across on average.

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 esseriana Clone B -$16

The second clone of this Carlton Carnivores original cross, bearing a similar compact rosette to Clone A at around 2-2.5" across, but with the ovular leaves curling more evenly around their edges and maintaining a rounded profile. Coloration also is typically green but can blush with pink under certain conditions. The flowers of this clone have more elongate and elegant petals reminiscent of the 'Huahuapan' parent with narrow elliptical outlines, the lavender-violet aging to lavender pink coloration more distinctly bicolored toward a broader portion of the petal tips and the grape highlights near thr throat more concentrated on the upper petal bases than around the throat edges or yellow palate.
Currently available plants are young rosettes between 0.5-1" diameter.

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

The third clone of this Carlton Carnivores original cross is similarly compact like its siblings, maxing out at around 2-2.5" in diameter, with the tight overlapping rosette of ovular leaves bearing folded edges making for sharp-tipped points like Clone A, though somewhat more triangular. Coloration like the others is typically bright green, with hints of pink though may blush deeper depending on soil and lighting. Flowers have the broadest petals of the three clones, almost rounded when first opening and distinctly ovular when fully open. Color ages from a rich lavender-violet to lavender pink, slightly darker bicolor blushing right at the very petal tips discernible and occasionally mottling of the petals visible, and upper petals are darker than the lowers and the grape-colored "halo" around the throat narrow and concentrated primarily at the bases of the upper petals. Some distinct striping of the deeper purple is also visible by the edges of the yellow palate.

Currently available plants are young rosettes between 0.5-1" diameter.

P. cyclosecta "Yucca do 1714" x esseriana -$14

This Carlton Carnivores original clone presents notably flat rosettes up to 3" across of broad, overlapping ovular leaves with the barest of upturned edges. Coloration is bright green, under strong lighting and in certain soils also capable of blushing a light pinkish-purple coloration. Flowers are moderately sized, with broad teardrop-shaped to nearly triangular petals that open first in shades of rich violet aging to bright pinkish purple, often mottled with lighter striations. A halo of deeper violet colors the edges of the throat particularly at the base of the upper petals, lightening to reddish grape immediately by the throat, and the palate is bright yellow.
Currently available plants are young rosettes between 0.5-1" 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" 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 it will be when it blooms that these should be most spectacular, combining the bright white and purple contrast of the maternal parent with the rough edges and complicated pattern of the father.

Currently available plants are young, around 1" 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 will undoubtedly be phenomenal, combining the rich violet patterns and white-and-violet veined appearance of the parents.
Currently available plants are seed-grown, around 0.5-1" in diameter.

P. emarginata x gigantea -$14

A homemade cross between one of the biggest and one of the smallest species, and a year-round grower. Though none are yet mature, the largest of these hybrids are already showing broad ovular leaves with heavily curled margins and the red tints at the bases of the leaves and along the edges so common in P. emarginata. Flowers will likely be small but very ornate, shades of lavender and violet with distinct veins. 

Available plants are currently around 1-1.5" in diameter, maximum size unknown. Some have the stem-forming habit of young gigantea plants under lower light, but will form flat rosettes under high light.

P. caerulea HC Clone -$14

Very limited; this is a clone that originated from seed here, developing chartreuse rosettes between 2-4" in diameter with ovular leaves that fold so heavily inward along the edges they look triangular in outline. The blooms are distinct, bright white with an intricate network of brilliant indigo to violet veins. As a warm-temperate species, it appreciates cooler temperatures and lower light in winter especially to bloom, and is propagable by selfed seeds as well as vegetative means.

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