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 x gigantea SG -$14

Only a handful left, still small but with a lot of potential in them. Adult plants of this cross reach an average of 4-5 inches in diameter, with roughly ovular leaves bearing curled edges and colors of bright green with red tints to rich flushing at the leaf bases and sometimes the edges. Flowers tend to open brilliantly pale purple with darker purple veins, halos of violet around the edges and center and a yellowish bulls-eye right in the center; they lighten with age, sometimes taking on a pinkish tone but usually remain shades of lavender.

Available plants are around 0.5-1" in diameter. 

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 emarginata Clone A -$12

The first of my select clones of this homemade cross, this particular plant is a weird one when it blooms. Plants develop rosettes that average around 2-3" in diameter at maturity (in summer phase; winter rosettes can form and tend to be less than half the size) with ovular, bright green leaves that occasionally develop reddened edges or bases. The flowers are frequently mutants, often sporting only 3-4 rather than 5 slender and mildly serrated petals (though proper ones occasionally do show up) in rich electric violet shades with darker veiny highlights and a light central spot. 

Available plants are approx. 1-1.5" in diameter.

P. moranensis 'Huahuapan' x emarginata Clone C -$15

One of my favored select clones, this version of this homemade cross develops rosettes of arching ovular leaves up to 2-3" across in summer (winter rosettes are much smaller) that tend to remain green but can develop reddish bases or leaf edges. The flowers are striking, opening up with mildly serrated petals etched in shocking contrasts of white or light lavender and deep violet, the markings brightest and darkest near the center of the bloom and fading outward while still maintaining the classic venation pattern of the emarginata parent. The flowers tend to pale out as they expand and age, but retain overall the rich contrast.

Available plants are approx. 1-1.5" in diameter.

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

A mere handful of seed-grown clones currently available; this is a cross between two shockingly beautiful plants (supposedly both forms of moranensis) with a lot of potential. The mother plant averages 3-4" in diameter and makes small but eye-catching flowers that are brilliant white with electric violet highlights around the throat, the pollen parent can reach over 6" across at times and makes large flowers that sport elegantly slender, curving petals and a myriad of light and dark violet shades. Offspring should land somewhere in the middle, around 5" in diameter at full size and with flowers in shades of violet with dark spots near the throat.

Available plants are currently under an inch across but are still reverting from winter phase and should grow quickly; two larger specimens in more summer growth available for $14 each.

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 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. 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.

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.

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.

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. rotundiflora x hemiepiphytica -$10

While I am suspicious of this being a hybrid and not simply a pure hemiepiphytica form, either way it is a beautiful plant. Rosettes can reach up to 4" or more in diameter (though 2-3" is average), with arching, curled-edge leaves that readily blush in shades of pink and red in good light. Typically in winter season, they may put up one to several large, brilliantly hot pink flowers with slender petals and a white palate spot in the middle.

Available plants are 1-1.75" in diamter.

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.

P. moranensis x ehlersiae -$9

A classic and easy to grow plant that may or may not go through a winter phase depending on conditions; this hybrid can reach over 4" in diameter in some cases (average around 2.5"), with broad round leaves that fold heavily to form an angular, almost diamond-shaped profile, and in good lighting they readily blush pinkish throughout. Plants in early winter typically will send up one to several large, pale pinkish-lavender flowers with teardrop shaped petals and a whitish center patch.

Available plants are 1-2" in diameter.