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Pinguicula vulgaris

A small native species with a distribution concentrated towards the north of the UK. Does not reproduce with the freedom of Pinguicula grandiflora. I have always found it strongest when grown in sphanum moss and left outside in the most exposed location available through the winter, though it seems to benefit from a spell under cold glass during spring, to get it moving vigorously.

The commonest reason for losing it is that birds steal the sphagnum to make nests, so it needs to be netted to protect it.

27th March 2008

My latest attempt to grow it has also resulted in failure - I don't think that I give it enough cold exposure during the winter. This winter bud started to grow, but the plant was rather feeble and expired in the heat of summer.