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PINGUICULA

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Family

Lentibulariaceae

Botanical Name

PINGUICULA

Plant Common Name

Butterwort

General Description

This circumglobal genus encompasses some 50 species of wetland-dwelling insectivorous perennials, many of which are prized by collectors of carnivorous plants.

These moisture-loving plants form rosettes of oily, glistening, rounded to lance-shaped leaves laced with insect-snaring hairs and meat-digesting glands. The leaf margins roll inward to aid in digestion of trapped insects. Plants may overwinter as a fat bud-like rosette. In late spring or summer, solitary, two-lipped, often colorful flowers are borne on leafless stems. Plants may self sow in moist environments, with hybrid seedlings sometimes resulting.

Butterworts thrive in moist, acidic, infertile soil in full to partial sun. They work well in peat beds or moist rock gardens, or in containers. Tropical and subtropical butterworts make good terrarium plants. Propagate them by seed or by separating offsets from dormant rosettes in early spring.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • 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

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bog Garden, Container, Houseplant, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes