Pinguicula 'Aphrodite' (J.Flisek & K.Pasek)
Pinguicula agnata (Casper) x Pinguicula moctezumae (Zamudio Ruiz)
Registered 29. 1. 2001 (JS)

This plant is grown at Humboldt State University. The photo above was taken on 23 September 03.

The photo above was taken on 4 February 04.

The two photos above were taken on 15 July 04.

The two flower photos above were taken on 25 February 04.

The two flower photos above were taken on 11 October 04.

The ICPS database states: "The cultivar [Pinguicula 'Aphrodite' (J.Flisek & K.Pasek)] is characterized by its very long, narrow leaves with rounded tips which terminate in a point. The summer rosette consists of up to 15 leaves which are up to 12 cm long and 2 cm wide; the leaf-edges roll downwards. The erect leaves display a characteristic, descending-arch along their lengths. Under intense summer sunlight, the leaf-edges of leaves can be reddish, whereas the leaf midribs remain green along their enitre length. During the winter, the rosette size decreases, whilst the number of leaves increases to as many as 25. The leaves of the winter rosette are up to 5-6 cm long and 1.3 cm broad; mostly they are flat and light green. The plants bloom all year round, indeed during the winter the plants can have the most flowers open at the same time. The color and size of the flowers changes as the flowers age. Freshly open flowers are relatively small and are generally dark-violet. As the flowers age they enlarge and fade to pink. When viewed from the proper angle the petals reflect light to give a shiny appearance. The posterior side of the flower is significantly lighter in color. Gentle, faint veining is apparent over the entire surface of the five (very exceptionally six) petals; this venation is more distinct towards the flower center. The entrance to the corolla tube and the tube itself is bright yellow, and minutely hairy. Mature flowers can reach 4 cm in a diameter and this in fact ranks them among the true giants of the [Pinguicula {L.}]! The spur of the flower is narrow, slightly bowed and may be up to 1.5 cm long. Flowering time is about four weeks depending on the growing condition. Flower stalks can reach 15 cm in length (exceptionally 22 cm), the upper part of the stalk (about 1-2 cm) can be brownish-red, and the lower part is green and covered with tentacles. The sepals are a rich green color."