It’s hard to imagine two more different Mexican butterwort species to have crossed together. Pinguicula gigantea is a well known species, with the largest leaves in the genus. Pinguicula heterophylla is not as well known but has beautiful, upright, narrow leaves that almost look like a threadleaf sundew. This hybrid is so dewy it almost looks like a sundew butterwort hybrid. The flowers are furry throated, purple edged petals fading to white in the center.
We are so excited about this hybrid that we’ve given it a nickname here at the nursery. The hybrid is Pinguicula gigantea “purple” x heterophylla and there are several clones with some floral variation but we call them all “Sleepy Hedgehog”. This hybrid forms the cutest, tiniest, pointiest little winter succulent buds that remind us of a sleeping hedgehog.
THIS PLANT WILL NOT COME POTTED, YOU WILL NEED TO POT IT UPON ARRIVAL. MEXICAN/TROPICAL PINGUICULA PREFER OUR SANDY PINGUICULA SOIL MIX.
Sun: Sunny windowsills or in a terrarium under four T5 bulbs, filtered sun outdoors in the tropics
Water: Sitting in at least two inches of distilled or purified water from Spring through Summer and in winter they should be allowed to dry out slightly during their winter succulent phase
Temperature: 50 degrees - 90 degrees
Dormancy: no true dormancy but does have a winter succulent phase during which the plant will produce small succulent leaves instead of flat sticky leaves