Pinguicula 'Pirouette' (J.Brittnacher, B.Meyers-Rice & L.Song)
[Pinguicula agnata {Casper}] x [[Pinguicula moranensis {H.B.K}] x [Pinguicula ehlersiae {Speta & Fuchs}]]

The ICPS database states: "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.Meyers-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.Meyers-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!"

The plant above was received from Owen Fitzpatrick on 17 May 04. The left photos was taken on 25 June 05; the right on 21 May 06.

The photos below were taken on 2 June 15.