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Pinguicula caerulea

Blue Butterwort, Blueflower Butterwort

Scientific Name:

Pinguicula caerulea

Genus:

Pinguicula

Species Epithet:

caerulea

Common Name:

Blue Butterwort, Blueflower Butterwort

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Blue, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

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.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

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


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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