Carnivorous plants

Tirana (Pinguicula vulgaris)

The Pinguicula vulgaris is one of the most common species of the genus, but this does not mean that it is less interesting; rather the opposite happens. Its small size makes it highly recommended to grow it in rather small pots, something that you will undoubtedly like to know if you do not have much space available to grow plants.

Moreover, if you are a lover of miniature gardens, this beautiful carnivorous plant can be part of a terrarium along with others that need the same care. So, do you want to know how it should be maintained?

Origin and characteristics of Pinguicula vulgaris

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It is an evergreen carnivorous plant that lives in swamps and swamps in the Circumboreal Region, in regions where winters are very cold and snowfall occurs. We will find it practically in all the countries of Europe, as well as in North America. Due to the conditions of its habitat, evolution has wanted it to produce a small sprout called a hibernacle when temperatures begin to drop in order to make it easier for it to get through the winter season.

It reaches a height of about 3 centimeters and a diameter of about 10 centimeters. It forms a rosette of more or less triangular leaves, green in color, and sticky for insects. In spring, a flower stalk up to 16 cm high sprouts from the center, at the end of which a lilac flower in the shape of a 1.5-2 cm funnel emerges.

The scientific name is Pinguicula vulgaris, although it is known as grasilla or tiraña. It therefore belongs to the genus of the Pinguicula, carnivores that, due to their characteristics, look like ‘conventional’ plants… until you see that mosquitoes and other small insects are trapped on the surface of their leaves.

What are the care you need?

The Pinguicula vulgaris is a carnivorous that in the not require much space, you can take almost – anywhere. But yes, it is very important to take into account that, in order for it to grow well, it is necessary to place it in the right place and water it with a certain type of water. In cultivation it is not a complicated plant, but if you make a mistake you could lose it. But do not worry because below we explain how to take care of it:


  • Exterior: the ringworm is a plant that requires light, but never directly.
  • Indoor: place in bright rooms, or in terrariums with light for plants.


The substrate should be a mixture of peat moss or sphagnum moss with perlite in equal parts. To make the transplant much easier, fill a bowl with this mixture and distilled water so that it is moistened well. Then, you can fill the pot, which must be plastic; or the terrarium that is recommended to be made of glass.

Do not use flowerpots or any clay or ceramic container, as this is a porous material, as the plants are watered, some pores or granites tend to ‘fall out’. These, when decomposed, can cause problems for the roots of Pinguicula vulgaris, since they are not prepared to absorb the nutrients directly.


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Carnivorous plants should not be fertilized. As we said before, the roots cannot absorb the nutrients, and in fact, if they are fertilized, the most normal thing is that they burn; that is, they spoil, putting the life of the plant at risk.


It multiplies by seeds in spring, following this step by step:

  1. First, fill a plastic pot (or if you prefer, a tray, also made of plastic, with some small holes in the base and clean) with white peat mixed with perlite in equal parts. Do not forget to moisten the substrate with distilled water beforehand.
  2. Afterwards, spread the seeds on the surface, trying – although it is difficult since they are very small – that they are not too close together.
  3. Lastly, place the seedbed in a bright area – you know, no direct light.

If the substrate is kept humid, they will germinate in one or two weeks at a temperature of about 15-20ºC.

Plagues and diseases

The Pinguicula vulgaris is a very hardy plant, but its leaves are very vulnerable to attack by herbivorous animals such as snails. Therefore, it is worth spreading diatomaceous earth around for example, or even protecting it in a somewhat more drastic way with mosquito netting, like a greenhouse.

Planting and transplanting time

In spring. It has to change pot very few times throughout its life. Being small, surely two transplants are enough. Anyway, that you can go check it yourself. For example, if you see that it has occupied the entire container, or if its roots are coming out of the drainage holes, then it will need more space.


It is well resistant to cold and frost down to -7ºC.

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