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Pinguicula lutea

Yellow Butterwort

Scientific Name:

Pinguicula lutea

Genus:

Pinguicula

Species Epithet:

lutea

Common Name:

Yellow Butterwort

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Plant Family

Lentibulariaceae (Bladderwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, 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 SC…Se. NC (Pender and New Hanover counties)” Weakley 2015

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

"Insects trapped by the sticky leaves of butterworts are digested by enzymes secreted by the leaves, which then absorb the nutrients." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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