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PINGUICULA moranensis

Image of Pinguicula moranensis

Family

Lentibulariaceae

Botanical Name

PINGUICULA moranensis

Plant Common Name

Mexican Butterwort

General Description

This tender perennial from moist forested uplands of Mexico and northern Guatemala is grown for its showy flowers and its curious rosettes of insect-trapping leaves.

In spring and summer, Mexican butterwort produces rosettes of fleshy, elliptical, pale green leaves that glisten with droplet-producing, insect-snaring hairs. The leaf margins roll inward to further ensnare trapped insects, which are digested by glands on the leaf surface. In fall, the insectivorous foliage is replaced by a compact rosette of small, non-glandular leaves. Two-lipped, five-lobed, violet-like flowers are borne singly on short leafless stems in spring and summer. The purple to pink flowers have a long back-projecting spur. Plants may self sow in moist environments, with hybrid seedlings sometimes resulting.

This tropical butterwort thrives in organic, infertile soil, full to partial sun, and high humidity. It will tolerate a brief touch of frost. It works well in peat beds or moist rock gardens in frost-free climates, and also makes an excellent greenhouse or terrarium plant. Provide regular water from late spring to early fall, and withhold water at other times. Propagate this tender perennial by seed or by separating offsets from winter rosettes in early spring.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    4"-10" / 10.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Magenta, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes