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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. moranensis x ehlersiae -$10

An easy hybrid reaching up to 4 inches across, with curving rounded leaves capable of blushing pink in strong light. Flowers are large with rounded petals and a pale pinkish lavender coloration highlighted in the center with white and deeper lavender. Capable of growing throughout winter if kept warm and wet enough, or may enter a winter phase.

P. caerulea -$14

This Carlton Carnivores original clone grows to on average 1.5-2 inches in diameter though may get larger in certain conditions, with elliptical leaves curling in along the sides. A warm-temperate plant, a cooler, dimmer period during winter is expected and semi-required to trigger flowering, with blooms being large and bright white with delicate lavender reticulated veining throughout the bloom.

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

A beautiful hybrid capable of reaching over 3" across, with layered rosettes of ovular leaves bearing minutely incurved edges, and blushing pink to red easily in good light. Flowers are elegant with long, hot pink petals and a white throat patch. 

Currently available plants are young, approx. 1-2" 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. 'Pirouette' -$9

This cultivar is a relatively large plant capable of growing to over 6" across in some cases with broad ovular leaves bearing slightly curled edges; when grown singularly these leaves may splay out nearly flat, or in a colony tend to fold near the tips. Coloration ranges from bright green with reddish highlights in moderate light to richly pink-red flushed in strong illumination. Flowers are fairly large, bright lavender with pinkish tints and darker markings around the yellow throat.

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, oftne 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.