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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. 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 0.5-1.5" 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 1-2" in diameter.

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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. emarginata x moranensis 'Huahuapan' Clone A -$15

One of the select clones of a homemade hybrid, these small but highly colorful plants produce rosettes that appear to max out at no more than 2 inches across, with highly curled, ovular leaves that are bright green edged or sometimes flushed with red shades. The flowers of this particular clone develop up to 3/4" tall, with an interestingly mottled to faded look to the purple overall color, marked by highlights of darker violet blotches or veins through the flower or petal centers.

Available plants are semi-mature to mature, approx. 0.75"-2" in diameter.

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P. emarginata x moctezumae -$14

A cross with a lot of beginner potential and high moisture tolerance; these seedlings are young, but already showing very elongate leaves with pale pinkish tinting at their bases and tips, and the flowers will likely be a range of pink and purple hues, especially marked with darker veins. Full size is unknown, but likely will be 2+ inches across.

Plants are currently approx. 0.75-2" diameter

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P. moctezumae x laueana -$15

A homemade version of a rather classic cross that never disappoints. These seedlings are young but already showing signs of being spectacular, with elongate but sturdy looking leaves that readily flush with shades of red and pink, and the flowers similarly expected to be brilliant shades of pink and magenta. 

Available plants are approx. 1-2" in diameter.

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P. gigantea x moctezumae -$13

This is a chance to gain a seed-grown version of a cross that has already been proven to produce spectacular monsters. With both parents being tolerant (or ever preferring) higher moisture levels and more organic soil than other Mexican species, this cross is a good beginner type and can produce elongate, succulent leaves in rosettes that may exceed a foot in diameter, topped by flowers in shades of pale pink-mauve to purplish.

Available plants are young, approx. 1-3" in diameter.

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P. gigantea x rotundiflora -$14

A cross between a giant and a miniature, this homemade hybrid has a great deal of potential to make moderately sized but highly tolerant plants with round leaves curled at the edges and just maybe with tints of red on the undersides, likely between 4-6" across. Flowers are an unknown, but will most likely take after both parents with mostly pale petals but sporting darker lavender or purple tints along the edges and right around the throat.

Available plants are approx. 1" in diameter. 

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P. (rotundiflora x gracilis) x moctezumae -$14

This is a homemade cross of complete mystery potential for me, already showing some ttruly unique leaf shapes but with maximum size unknown and the flowers full of different potential. I expect the plants to max out at around 3-4" across, with extremely slender leaves fattest in the middle whose tips sometimes curl distinctly and may tint with red at the edges. Flowers are predicted to be shades of pale pink to purplish but darker at the edges and around the throat.

Available plants are approx. 0.75-2.5" in diameter.

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P. (rotundiflora x gracilis) x emarginata -$14

A complex cross with a lot of potential, this will be a compact but hopefully vigorous hybrid. Plants aren't mature yet so full size is not yet known, but estimated between 1-1.5 inches in diameter with semi-spatula shaped leaves of light olive green with red highlights along their edges and center. Flowers may also be quite variable, likely to inherit the ragged edges and veining of emarginata but may end up more rounded as like rotundiflora or with exaggerated lower lobes of gracilis, or a mix of all three equally.

Available plants are young and seed-grown, currently 0.5+ inches across.

P. rotundiflora x emarginata -$13

Another new homemade cross, this simple hybrid should turn out small but colorful, with rosettes between 1-2 inches across with heavily curled, spoon-shaped leaves flushed in off-green with red highlights. Flowers could be variable, extremely white with faint veins or heavily patterned in various shades of violet or pink with rounded but ragged-edged petals.

Available plants are young and seed-grown, currently 0.5+ inches across.

P. emarginata x rotundiflora -$13

This homemade cross with likely favor emarginata as the seed parent, potentially growing slightly larger than the reverse cross but with similar size between 1-2 inches in diameter with spatula or semi-ovular shaped leaves with heavily rolled edges, colored in muddied green with redder highlights near the leaf edges and base. Flowers will likely be mostly white with variable amounts of red or purplish veins or throat patches.

Available plants are young and seed-grown, currently 0.5+ inches across.

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P. emarginata x sp. Tonala "ANPA A" -$15
Two seed-grown plants being released, the first from this side of the cross that I've offered. Plants don't seem to get much more than 2 inches in diameter though could possibly get bigger given the space, with bright green leaves bearing sometimes reddish-purple edges or bases, and flowers from the siblings are various forms of bright white with hints of vein around rich purple highlights near the throat.
Both available plants are between 1.5-2" in diameter.

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Pinguicula esseriana x gigantea HC D -$15
The first time this clone is being released, a very classic looking glowing green plant with thick, curled-edge leaves that fold out like many a succulent does into a layered rosette. Flowers are a rich double-tone, deeper purple in the center fading to lavender at the tips of the petals, and over time the color will pale to a brighter mix of magenta and pinks. So far they've maxed out at around 2 inches across for me, but might be able to get bigger up to potentially 4 inches across.
Available plants are approx. 2 inches in diameter.

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P. gypsicola "Buena Vista" -$15

This is a touchy Mexican species that produces spectacularly tentacle-like rosettes of slender leaves during summer growth that will often flush with hints of red or purple, and winter rosettes are fuzzy mounds of tiny little leaves piled on top of each other. Flowers when produced are rich pink to purple with darker spots around the center. This is a very mineral-preferential species, growing naturally on gypsum deposits and in cultivation also preferring somewhat alkaline, low-organic soil mixes of moderate moisture.
A small number of young plants approximately 1-1.5 inches in diameter are currently available.

P. sp. Yucca do 1713 -$15

This member of the "Yucca do" group still has yet to really be associated with a particular species, partly as it can be somewhat difficult to bloom (I have yet to see flowers myself). However, it is clearly a part of the esseriana complex, and makes up for lack of flowers in its unusual and beautiful foliage. Plants tend to grow in summer as mounded rosettes up to around 1.5" in diameter with thick rounded leaves with heavily incurved tips that pile on top of each other. Under good lighting the leaves will shift from green to a brilliant pink, and the curled edges tint white. Winter rosettes shrink significantly and form very succulent, delicate piles of green leaves.
Available plants are medium-sized rosettes, approximately an inch in diameter.

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P. emarginata x gigantea HC A -$14
A moderately sized hybrid reaching diameters of around 4 inches across, with bright green leaves that may develop shades of reddish to purple in the center or along outer leaf edges under strong lighting or cooler temperatures. Flowers are veined in rich lavender with a partial ring of deeper violet around the throat, and are ever so slightly serrated or dimpled along the petal edges.
Available plants are semi-mature at approximately  2 inches in diameter, only 2 currently available.

P. rotundiflora x gracilis -$16
A small and attractive hybrid that develops rosettes of thick , curled-edge summer leaves up to 2 inches in diameter (typically much smaller though) with shades of olive green to maroon-red (the latter especially on the undersides of the leaf edges). Winter rosettes are smaller, succulent, and mound-shaped. Flowers are up to a half inch in diameter, and nearly round like the namesake parent species, but with a slightly larger middle lobe on the lower lip. Color is nearly pure white, but with a halo of deeper purple marks around the center.
Available plants are between 0.75-1" in diameter.

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P. laueana x moctezumae -$15
I've had the reverse cross up for a while, but now that I've been able to separate these out a bit I can begin offering the largest of the batch. Previous iterations of this cross have proven it capable of getting large, well over 6 inches across, with elongate but thick, red-blushed leaves, and flowers may be a range of hot pink to magenta hues and are likely to also be large (particularly as this laueana parent has big flowers).
The available plants are currently between 1-2" in diameter, and their siblings should soon reach similar size.

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P. emarginata x gigantea HC B -$14
Very similar to clone A, producing rosettes up to 5 inches in diameter when fully mature that flush with red highlights at the leaf bases up the midvein, and intricately veined flowers with a yellowish center and a dark halo around the mouth of the bloom. However, this one tends toward a somewhat pinker overcast, and more elongate petals.
Available plantlets are 2-2.5" in diameter.

P. emarginata x gigantea HC D -$18
This is my personal favorite clone out of both directions of the cross thus far. Similar in leaf to the rest, up to 5+ inches in diameter with red blushing running up the midvein from the center of the plant, but the flowers set it apart. Blooms are somewhat ruffled with moderately slender petals, but the intricate veins of emarginata come through as a ghostly highlight within the white rather than brigth purple, making the central yellow and its electric grape halo pop out.
Available plantlets are approx. 2" in diameter.

Pinguicula immaculata x moctezumae -$18
The first release of this tiny hybrid; the leaf shape of these is quite similar to pure moctezumae, but with hints of curled tips and a miniaturized stature. Even the biggest ones so far appear to be stabilizing at only around 1.5-2 inches across, though they might get a little bigger as none have bloomed yet. I can only speculate on what the flowers will look like, but I expect fairly pale pink blooms with exaggerated lower petals.
Available plants are currently approx. 1-1.5 inches in diameter.

Pinguicula rotundiflora "Aramberri, Nuevo Leon" x moctezumae -$16
Another somewhat miniature cross, mature plants appear able to reach between 2-3 inches in diameter (usually on the smaller side) with very slender, heavily rolled leaves that blush with hints of red or purple and splay out in an arc over the soil. Flowers are a mystery as of yet, but will likely be rich pink with darker purple near the throat.
Available plants are currently between 1-2 inches in diameter.

Pinguicula macroceras ssp. nortensis -$25
A Pacific Northwest endemic variation of this cold-temperate species, these plants grow to an average of 3-4 but can sometimes reach nearly 6 inches across, with brilliant green fleshy leaves that in some populations, under direct sun or high-mineral soil conditions, can sometimes change to yellow or even reddish-brown in color. Early season mature plants may send up one to several stalks each with a single delicate, bright purple flower with paler patches which fades to deep lavender with age. Plants expect fairly cool summers and a cold winter period, dying back to hibernacula and producing gemmae around the base in winter (or when it gets too hot and triggers dieback).
Available plants are currently approx. 1-2" in diameter.

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