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24th July 1981 9th September 2006 26th April 2018
A British native, occasionally encountered in England, although recent floras suggest that it has been planted rather than occurred naturally. Widespread in south west Eire and the mountains of France and northern Spain.

It is probably the easiest of the hardy Pinguiculas to grow, in standard boggy conditions. The dormant winter buds, or hibernaculae (oh yes, there's a word for it!) produce little offsets (sometimes called gemmae) that make propagation easy.
I photographed this plant in the Pynenees because at the time I thought that it could be Pinguicula x scullyi (grandiflora x vulgaris). It had deeper purple flowers than any I had seen before , and a less open, flat faced corolla, but later study knocked that idea on the head!

And I still haven't seen Pinguicula x scullyi !

23rd June 1981 23rd June 1981 24th June 1981
Growing in Gavarnie in the French Pyrennees.

17th April 2007 15th April 2007 26th April 2008 23rd April 2009 25th April 2011
It is an easy plant here in the greenhouse, seeding freely around in suitable pots and making a reliabole show in April.


  • A World of Pinguicula, http://www.pinguicula.org (accessed 03.09.2023)