Pinguicula gigantea

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TEMPORARY WINTER SHIPPING RATES ARE NOW IN EFFECT. Orders containing plants will be charged a flat $14 for shipping. This fee includes a 72 hour heat pack and an automatic upgrade to Priority Mail. Orders containing only soil or other non-perishables will ship at the normal flat rate of $5. Our regular rates will return March 1st.

Pinguicula gigantea


Pinguicula gigantea may be the largest Mexican Butterwort discovered reaching up to 12 inches across, though usually it is somewhat smaller in cultivation. P. gigantea is native to Oaxaca, Mexico and was discovered by Alfred Lau in 1987. It was cultivated as P. sp. ‘Ayautla’ until 1995 when it was formally described as P. gigantea by Hans Luhrs. In addition to its size, P. gigantea is unique in that it produces sticky dew on both sides of its leaves.


Size and packing method: You will receive a bare root plant carefully wrapped in a damp paper towel. Small plants are about 1.5 inches in diameter and large plants are 3+ inches in diameter.  If selecting with soil mix, you will receive a little over one cup of our prepackaged Mexican Butterwort Potting Mix in addition to the bare root plant. This quantity of soil is roughly enough to fill one 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch square pot.

Growing requirements

Mature size: With exceptional care, plants may reach 6-12 inches in diameter
Light: Full sun or partial shade
Soil: Mexican Butterwort Potting Mix
Feeding: Feed bugs, dried bloodworms, or fish food every 2-3 weeks, only use fertilizer if you have plenty of experience growing carnivorous plants
Humidity: 50-80% with adequate airflow
Water: Keep soil consistently damp but not wet, provide water that is low in salts and minerals such as rain or distilled water
Temperature: 55-85°F
Dormancy: Leaves shrink somewhat in winter but will remain carnivorous

Planting and adjustment instructions will be included with your shipment.

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