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Plant Details

Pinguicula caerulea

Blue Butterwort, Blueflower Butterwort

Scientific Name:

Pinguicula caerulea

Common Name:

Blue Butterwort, Blueflower Butterwort

Plant Family

Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

Size in Feet:

1

Light:

sun, part sun

Soil Moisture:

Sub-xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast, scattered Piedmont

Habitat Description:

“Pine savannas and wet pine flatwoods, mostly in the outer Coastal Plain, rarely extending inland to seepages and sandhill-pocosin ecotones in the fall-line Sandhills of NC and SC.” (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"...Leaves are covered in tiny hairs. The hairs on the leaf surface secrete a sticky mucilage in which insects become trapped. (Insects often mistake the mucilage for drops of water.) The leaf margins curl over the trapped insect. Enzymes are then secreted to help the plant digest its prey." Florida Wildflowers https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-pinguicula-caerulea/

Bloom

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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