Hi everyone! I'd like to know if it's possible to ID this pinguicula I bought in a small plant shop. The only ID it had read "Pinguicula sp.", and the shop owner knew nothing about it. It flowered about a week ago, and here in Argentina it's beginning to get pretty cold. I hope that's of some help. Here are a couple of pictures:
I'm nowhere near the right person to get an answer, but in searching for what kind mine was, it looks like yours resembles some Mexican species... That should at least give you a starting point, husbandry wise, if I'm right...
It is Pinguicula 'Sethos'. Most often sold blank or under the name 'Weser', which is actually its sibling.
Maiden, it is a moranensis hybrid.
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Your photo of the flower does look like it might be the cultivar Pinguicula 'Sethos', but it could be any of the hybrids of Pinguicula ehlersiae x moranensis that are in wide circulation (or some other similar looking flower). If you are not certain of its' pedigree it is best to never call an unknown plant by the official cultivar name -- even if it seems to match the cultivar standard description. There are too many bogus plants being sold and traded under a cultivar name either because of dishonesty or ignorance. Always be skeptical about the identity of a plant that you have until you can verify what it actually is by comparing with a known plant (or photos).
You're right Bob, I guess I'll just label it ehlersiae x moranensis. While we're at it, I've got a question: as it is a cross between two tropical butterworts, it should hibernate, right? When does it start to grow non-carnivorous leaves? After the autumn flowering? Thanks for the info!
In my unheated greenhouse in northern California, my plants start flowering in March-April and continue flowering till mid summer, depending on species. Some will not flower unless they get a preceding cool period. They start forming non-carnivorous leaves in the fall. My greenhouse gets to near freezing in winter.