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. emarginata -$13

This is a small, homophyllous (one leaf form) species that is quite easy to grow, particularly as it likes far wetter conditions than most Mexican butterworts and never requires a winter dry season. Plants tend to average between 1.5-2" in diameter, with ovular but heavily arching leaves bearing strongly curled edges and colors of bright green with red leaf edges and bases especially in strong light. Flowers may be produced any time of the year, sometimes several at once, and are small but strikingly designed with jagged petal edges and white background laced in intricate violet veins. 

Available plants are 0.75-1.5" in diameter.

P. moranensis 'Huahuapan' x esseriana Cl

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.

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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.

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

The first select clone of this homemade hybrid, developing rosettes up to 2" in diameter with bright green ovular leaves that occasionally develop red blushing at their bases. The flowers are odd, with angular, mildly serrated petals that bear the faintest hints of violet veins and the bright purple central spots of the ANPA A parent on a white background. 

Available plants are approximately 1" in diameter.

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P. sp. Tonala "ANPA A" x emarginata Clone B -$13

This select clone of this homemade hybrid is similar in leaf to the others, with somewhat arching rosettes of rounded leaves up to 2.5" in diameter and bright green with occasional red bases developing. The flowers are elegant, with an "angelic" figure and each petal with only mildly ruffled edges, colored in white to light lavender with darker bled-out veins throughout, the center of the flower at the petal bases marked in darker violet. 

Available plants are around 0.75-1.5" in diameter.

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P. sp. Tonala "ANPA A" x emarginata Clone C -$13

This select clone is similar in appearances overall to Clone B, but with mild differences in flower form. Rosettes grow up to 2.5" in diameter, arching and with curled edges and bright green with occasional red bases or leaf edges. The flowers sport the more angular petals of emarginata, and mildly serrated edges, and sport a light lavender background marked in darker bleeding violet veins, darkest on the top petals, and with the classic ANPA A deep violet spots near the flower center.

Available plants are around 0.75-1.5" in diameter.

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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. cyclosecta Yucca do 1714 x esseriana

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.

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P. emarginata x laueana -$15

While the reverse cross is quite common, this iteration seems to be rather rare. This set of seed-grown plants is expected to reach an average size of around 4 inches in diameter, with roughly ovular leaves bearing rolled edges and readily blushing red in good light, darker along the margins and center. Flowers are hard to predict, but likely to turn out with somewhat fringed petals and bright fuchsia to purple with darker veins. 

Available plants are seed-grown, and may range from 0.5-1.5" in diameter currently.

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P. (moranensis 'Huahuapan' x emarginata) Clone B x laueana -$17

A promising complex cross with two homemade generations in it, these are expected to be spectacular. The seed parent is a select seed-grown clone of a cross I made that sports midly veined, brilliantly purple blooms, the pollen parent California Carnivores' famous red laueana  clone. These plants are expected to reach around 5 inches in diameter and will readily flush red in good light, and sport flowers that are brilliant purple-pink with possible mild veins.

Available plants are seed-grown and may range from 0.5-1.5" in diameter currently.

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P. laueana x gigantea SG -$15

A seed-grown cross with a great deal of potential; plants are hovering around an inch in diameter on average right now, but once mature may well push over 6" across with thick, ovular red-flushed leaves. I expect flowers to be varying shades of rich purple, and moderately sized between the tiny blooms of gigantea (ironic) and the huge flowers of the laueana parent.

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P. gigantea x laueana SG -$15

A seed-grown cross with monstrous potential; plants are around an inch in diameter right now but will likely be able to push 6-8 inches once mature. With gigantea as the seed parent this cross may have a slightly greater size potential, with broad ovular leaves that will flush red in good light, and flowers are likely to be moderately sized with varying shades of rich purple. 

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P. 'Aphrodite' -$16

This is the true cultivar, an elegant slender-leaved plant that can grow to more than 6" in diameter with a splayed rosette of arching semi-erect almost succulent leaves shaped almost like fingers. Under good light it may range anywhere from green tinted at the tips with pink to a rich pinkish purple through most of the leaf. Flowers are large, with broad rounded petals and a rich pink-purple coloration that changes tones as it ages.

Available plants are semi-mature, between 2-3 inches in diameter. Due to the plant's nature it can be fragile, and leaves may pop off readily in transit and when repotting (can be used to propagate however).

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P. primuliflora 'Rose' -$25

An uncommon cultivar of this common and easy to grow species, 'Rose' is vegetatively identical to the normal variants, with rosettes up to 6" across in wet conditions and long, ovular leaves that often sprout plantlets at their tips and sometimes sport red tints in the veins. Flowers appear when given cooler winter conditions and are the source of the name, a unique double-petal mutation that looks like the overlapping petals of common rose cultivars, but in the same classic lavender shade as the common form.

Available plants are approx. 2-4" in diameter, semi-mature.