Butterwort

Pinguicula moranensis

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Pinguicula moranensis by Noah Elhardt (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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A close up of some Pinguicula moranensis with a pink flower
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Pinguicula moranensis by Noah Elhardt (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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Pinguicula moranensis is an insectivorous perennial species from the Lentibulariaceae family. Originating from Mexico and Guatemala, this species is commonly known by the name Butterwort and it is highly popular in cultivation. It forms a small rosette of light green, flypaper-like leaves in spring. These leaves tend to curl upwards along the margin, they are covered in sticky dew-producing glands which function to trap small insects and they tend to die back by autumn. This plant commonly grows to less than 20cm across. Delicate, funnel-shaped flowers are purple and borne singly on long stems above the foliage, there are different forms with varying flower colours including purple, pink and white.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Mexico to Honduras

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Water

Personality

Family

Lentibulariaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Pink, White

Scent

Strong