The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 12

Q: Pinguicula hybrids

A: There are many naturally occurring hybrids in Europe, and some have even been given names, like Pinguicula × gresivaudanica, or P. × scullyi.

As far as I can recall, there are no verified reports of Latin American Pinguicula hybrids in the wild---all the hybrids are the result of horticultural efforts. The flowers of Pinguicula, especially the Mexican ones, are usually very showy. There usually is not much to be gained in terms of foliage features, although there are exceptions to this especially when one of the parents is a species with highly elongated leaves (such as P. gypsicola or P. moctezumae). Hybrids are often highly vigorous, and are more forgiving of cultivation cock-ups.

I once tried to keep track of all the crosses and cultivars, but it has gotten crazy with all the new plants. But here are a few that I like in particular.

Pinguicula 'Aphrodite'
A plant with arching, elongated leaves that can have a weirdly fungal, pale color. Its hybrid parentage is P. agnata × moctezumae.

Pinguicula 'Gina'
An extremely pretty plant with hybrid parentage P. moranensis × agnata.

Pinguicula 'John Rizzi'
A plant of unknown parentage, developed by Peter D'Amato and some hummingbirds. It has nice, rose, large flowers.

Pinguicula 'Pirouette'
An extremely vigorous hybrid. If you cannot grow this, do not try any other Mexican species or hybrids until you mend your ways! Its hybrid parentage is P. agnata × (moranensis × ehlersiae).

Pinguicula 'Sethos', 'Weser'
Two plants with the P. moranensis × ehlersiae parentage, and both with large purplish flowers.

Pinguicula 'Titan'
A plant developed by Leo Song, if grown well it can be truly enormous. Unfortunately, many of the specimens in cultivation are infected by some sort of pathogen which slows their growth and stunts the plant into a worthless lump. The parentage is unclear, but it involves P. agnata and possibly P. macrophylla.

Page citations: Brittnacher, J. et al. 2000; D'Amato, P. 1998a; Flisek, J., & Pasek, K. 2000; Rice, B. 2006a; Roccia, A. et al. 2016; Schlauer, J. 2002; Slack, A. 1986; Song, L. 2001b; Studnicka, M. 1992; Wyman, T.H. 2004.

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