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Pinguicula 'Pirouette'

4th September 2007 28th September 2008 13th June 2010
A seedliong from the cross P. agnata x P. (moranensis x ehlersae) with dark pink leaves when grown in good light. Raised by Leo Song from a cross made in October 1986 Hasn't grown much during the year, and unfortunately it died during the winter in the greenhouse, when temperatures dropped to -5degC. I am not sure if the temperatures were the main problem, or if it was already rather feeble. Plant grown by Dennis Balsdon.

The original description (Carnivorous Plant Newsletter) says:

"Resulting from a cross made 14 October 1986, this plant has proven itself to be forgiving of cultivation errors and resilient to adverse growing conditions. Its flowers are attractive and clear pink, similar in general plan to Pinguicula moranensis H.B.K. but with more rounded petals, akin to those of Pinguicula agnata Casper. Mature plants are about 7 cm. in diameter and may produce a few blooms each year. It is the leaves that are the most striking feature of this plant - it has inherited the opalescent pinky-white foliage of Pinguicula ehlersiae Speta & Fuchs. In some growing conditions Pinguicula ' Pirouette ' J.Brittnacher, B.Rice & L.Song becomes so suffused with rich-pink or even red it looks remarkably like a chlorophyll-free saprophyte one might encounter deep in pine woods! Under moderate light, the leaves are very pale pink with a touch of light green. The leaves this plant produces during the dormant season are smaller and more succulent. Leaf cuttings are best taken with these leaves just before or as the summer leaves begin to emerge. The leaf cuttings root easily. This plant should not be propagated by seed if you wish to maintain the cultivar name attached to it. Its good looks and easy cultivation make Pinguicula ' Pirouette ' J.Brittnacher, B.Rice & L.Song an excellent beginners plant. If you want to try a carnivore on your windowsill, this might be the one to start with!"


  • A World of Pinguicula, http://www.pinguicula.org (accessed 11.09.2023)
  • International Carnivorous Plant Society. Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, 29:17 (2000).